Furman to drop men's golf after spring season

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Furman will discontinue its men's golf program after the spring season, the university announced Friday after a Board of Trustees vote.

“Our board deliberated at great length over this decision, and it was made after considerable discussion and analysis of our university resources and our priorities in Division I athletics,” Carl Kohrt, interim president at the Greenville, S.C., university, said in a news release. “It is always difficult to limit opportunities, especially for young men who want to compete in a sport about which they are passionate, but just like every enterprise we have to constantly evaluate where to strategically allocate our resources.”

The decision was based on a variety of factors, officials said, including public visibility, attendance, competitiveness and overall costs.

Money used to support the men’s golf program will not be redistributed in the athletics program, officials said, and scholarship commitments to current players and to national letter-of-intent signees for the 2014-15 season will be honored. No other sports were affected by the move.

“Although discontinuing men’s golf is disappointing, we continue to strive for excellence in our other programs with our ultimate goal to win championships,” Gary Clark, Furman's director of athletics, said in a statement. “We remain excited about the future of Furman athletics. We recently completed one of our most competitive fall seasons ever, winning four of the six championships sponsored by the Southern Conference.”

Golf at Furman dates to 1930. Among the Paladins' alumni, Brad Faxon, a 1983 graduate, won eight times on the PGA Tour and twice on the Champions Tour. Furman University Golf Club is No. 29 on the Golfweek's Best Campus Courses list.

Furman, which is No. 130 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, opens the spring season in the Feb. 23-25 John Hayt Intercollegiate in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

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