CSU Bakersfield to end golf programs
California State University, Bakersfield will discontinue the men’s and women’s golf teams for the 2010-11 season because of a lack of funding, the school announced Thursday.
In addition to the golf programs, CSU Bakersfield also will discontinue the tennis and wrestling programs. The announcement comes with the news that Roadruner Athletics is facing an expected shortfall of $700,000 for the upcoming academic year.
“We have absorbed the revenue shortfalls and rising expenses over the past several years through cuts in support staffing and services,” said CSU Bakersfield Director of Athletics Rudy Carvajal. “We have done our best to mitigate the direct impact to teams and student–athletes, but the unprecedented depth and breadth of the ongoing financial crisis requires extraordinary measures to ensure the long–term sustainability of the Roadrunner Athletics program.”
The affected teams will finish out the remainder of the year, and salaried coaches will remain on staff until the completion of the current contracts in June. Student-athletes with remaining eligibility will have the option of transferring or remaining at CSU Bakersfield, and those receiving athletic scholarships will continue to receive them through the 2010-11 academic year.
The men’s team is currently ranked No. 218 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, while the women check in at No. 205.
–Information from USC Bakersfield used in this report.