Posted: Wednesday, December 12th 2012 at 7:07pm
Brenau University to add golf team to athletic department
GAINESVILLE -– Brenau University is expanding its athletic program to include women's golf, which will begin competition as a varsity sport in the fall of 2013.
Golden Tigers athletic director Mike Lochstampfor is interviewing candidates for the head coaching position and the university will immediately begin recruiting athletes. Lochstampfor says there are a number of reasons starting a golf program makes sense for Brenau.
"It is a sport that is becoming increasingly popular on the national level, especially among young women," he said. “It’s always exciting to bring in a new sport along with it's athletes, and the culture that comes with it. I believe it will be a great fit for Brenau and I have no doubt that it will be as successful as the rest of our sports."
Currently, Brenau sponsors nine athletic teams -- seven of those have been nationally ranked. All Brenau varsity sports compete in the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics.
Brenau already fields teams in soccer, cross country and volleyball in the fall, along with basketball, swimming and cheerleading in the winter as well as tennis, track and field and softball in the spring.
Though the golf team will compete in the fall, the majority of the schedule will be played in the spring.
Although Brenau traditionally draws heavily from Georgia, Lochstampfor said
Brenau will "go out and vigorously recruit" student-athletes in other parts of the country as well as internationally, where Brenau has had considerable success in attracting blue-chip players in other sports.
Lochstampfor anticipates that the golf team will start with six to eight athletes in its first year. The number of scholarships -- and the level of aid that will be available -- has not been determined, but he said it will be consistent with the scholarships awarded on other teams of its size.
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