The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

July 1, 2013

WVU to reintroduce men's golf

MORGANTOWN — After a gap of 33 years, West Virginia University will reintroduce men’s golf as a varsity sport for the 2015-16 season, director of athletics Oliver Luck announced today. Men’s golf was a varsity sport at WVU from 1933 to 1982.

“I am pleased to announce that men’s golf will be returning as an intercollegiate sport at West Virginia University,” Luck said. “Golf had a strong tradition on this campus, and its statewide popularity makes it a perfect addition to our department. A lot of thought, time and effort went into this decision as far as cost, travel and infrastructure goes, and I believe the strong tradition and history of Big 12 golf will only enhance our chances of building a championship program.

“I have to thank Ken Tackett, executive director of the West Virginia Golf Association, for his help and assistance. Ken provided valuable feedback, and his organization assisted us in the many questions and concerns as we made this decision.”

Luck plans to hire a full-time men’s golf coach by March 31, 2014, with the sport beginning competition as an intercollegiate varsity sport on July 1, 2015. Discussions are ongoing with golf courses around West Virginia for competition and practice locations.

The reintroduction of men’s golf as a varsity sport will satisfy the Big 12 Conference requirement of a minimum of six men’s and six women’s sports. At the start of the 2015-16 academic year, WVU will have six men’s sports and 10 women’s sports that the Big 12 sponsors.

Golf’s popularity continues to rise in high schools around West Virginia. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), there were 108 high schools in West Virginia that offered boys’ golf with 1,016 participants in 2012-13.

“The West Virginia Golf Association is delighted that WVU has decided to reintroduce golf at our flagship university,” said Tackett. “Golf has established itself as one of the main sports in West Virginia, with a thriving junior golf program, competitive amateur competitions and a PGA Tour event.

“With the success of the game in our state, it is only fitting that our largest university provide an opportunity for our top junior golfers to stay in West Virginia and compete at a Division I level. We commend the leadership of Oliver Luck and those responsible for ‘bringing back’ the greatest game to West Virginia University.”

Men’s golf offers a NCAA maximum of 4.5 equivalency scholarships, and WVU will provide 1.5 scholarships in 2015-16. Scholarship funding will be provided at an incremental basis in subsequent years with the sport scheduled to be fully implemented in 2017-18. The annual cost of the men’s golf team when fully implemented is approximately $257,162.

With the reintroduction of men’s golf at WVU, all 10 schools in the Big 12 will have men’s golf as a varsity sport. Current conference schools have won 14 national championships (Oklahoma State 10, Texas 3, Oklahoma 1) in the sport and have produced some of the nation’s finest current PGA Tour golfers, including Martin Flores (Oklahoma), Hunter Haas (Oklahoma), Todd Hamilton (Oklahoma), Anthony Kim (Oklahoma), Grant Waite (Oklahoma), Michael Bradley (Oklahoma State), Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State), Morgan Hoffman (Oklahoma State), Charles Howell III (Oklahoma State), Edward Loar (Oklahoma State), Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State), Jeff Maggert (Oklahoma State), Bob Tway (Oklahoma State), Bo Van Pelt (Oklahoma State), Scott Verplank (Oklahoma State), Casey Wittenberg (Oklahoma State), Gary Woodland (Kansas), Aaron Watkins (Kansas State), Robert Streb (Kansas State), Mark Brooks (Texas), Ben Crenshaw (Texas), Bob Estes (Texas), Harrison Frazar (Texas), Tom Kite (Texas), Justin Leonard (Texas), J.J. Henry (TCU) and Jimmy Walker (Baylor).

“We are excited about reintroducing men’s golf to West Virginia University,” said Terri Howes, associate athletic director for sports administration/SWA. “We researched a lot of options, and golf kept coming to the top of the list. Bringing the sport back continues to put us in great shape with our Title IX requirements. By phasing the sport in during the next couple of years, we believe we can have a solid foundation in place when we begin competition in 2015.”

With the reintroduction of men’s golf in 2015, West Virginia University will have 18 intercollegiate sports.


Text Only
WVU Sports
  • Arrest warrant out for WVU recruit

    West Virginia University’s newest men’s basketball recruit, Tarik Phillip, has an order out for his arrest in North Carolina, according to a story in The Dominion-Post, which said three Gaston County Magistrate office spokespersons confirmed.

    April 20, 2014

  • WVU baseball powers past Oklahoma, 9-5

    The WVU baseball team tied a season high with 18 hits to defeat Oklahoma, 9-5, on Saturday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
    The win gives the Mountaineers their second Big 12 series win of the season and improves the overall record to 19-16 and 4-7 in conference play. Oklahoma drops to 25-16 overall and 5-7 in Big 12 play.

    April 20, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Under pressure, NCAA decides to change rules

    At first glance, it appears that they do not go hand-in-hand, a pair of rules changes the NCAA’s Legislative Council approved this week, sending them off for what seems to be smooth sailing toward becoming rules.

    April 18, 2014

  • Means, WVU baseball shut out Oklahoma

    Junior left-hander John Means of the WVU baseball team threw eight shutout innings and the Mountaineers had a five-run first inning en route to a 7-0 victory over Oklahoma on Thursday evening at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
    The Mountaineers (18-15, 3-6 Big 12) broke a six-game Big 12 losing streak after being swept by TCU and Oklahoma State in back-to-back weekends. WVU had 16 hits and did not make an error for the second-straight game.

    April 18, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: Dr. Graber disagrees with Gee’s stance on Turnbull firing

    Dr. Stephen Graber, an associate professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, is among the latest WVU teachers to deplore Oliver Luck’s firing of veteran wrestling coach Craig Turnbull.
    He raised some significant questions about that issue last Monday in a meeting of the WVU Faculty Senate.

    April 18, 2014

  • Huggins signs junior college guard

    Coach Bob Huggins completed his 2014-15 West Virginia University recruiting class on Wednesday and deemed it a success after receiving a signed letter of intent from junior college guard Tarik Phillip.
    Phillip joins Jevon Carter of Maywood, Ill., and Daxter Miles of Baltimore’s Dunbar High and out of Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts in the 2014-15 recruiting class.

    April 17, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU gymnast hopes to stick her final landing

    The reaction, one suspects, was the same as most people who see either a picture of West Virginia University gymnast Hope Sloanhoffer or meet her for the first time in person — a quick double take, maybe even stumbling over the first few words of an introduction.

    April 17, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: Comparing pay of coaches and professors

    Stringing together some odds and ends which may be of interest to you:
    • A beautiful lady came up to my table last Sunday at brunch in the Village of Heritage Point’s main dining room with a message.

    April 17, 2014

  • Bussie looks forward to WNBA

    On Tuesday, the weather turned cold, the wind blew and amongst the raindrops that fell a few snowflakes fluttered quietly to Earth.
    It was as if it was a celebration of Asya Bussie being drafted on Monday night by the Minnesota Lynx, champions of the WNBA, with the third selection of the second round, the 15th overall pick of the draft.

    April 16, 2014

  • WVU’s Harlee named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete

    The Big 12 Conference announced its Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients for the 2014 winter sport season, and West Virginia University senior Jess Harlee earns the honor for women’s basketball.
    Harlee was selected as the award winner based on a vote of each respective sport’s head coaching group, with coaches not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.

    April 16, 2014

Featured Ads
WVU Sports Highlights
NDN Sports
House Ads
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos