Furman will drop men's golf after this spring
Furman University, long a college golf powerhouse, will drop men's golf as a varsity sport after this spring season, school officials announced Friday.
The Greensville, S.C., school's Board of Trustees made the decision after concluding that Furman's money and athletic department resources could be better used elsewhere. They said several factors – including public visibility, attendance, competitiveness and overall costs – figured in the decision.
"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," Interim President Carl Kohrt said in a statement posted on the Furman men's golf team page. "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."
No other sports will be discontinued, school officials said, adding that any money saved won't go to other sports. Furman will honor scholarship commitments to current players and those who've signed to play starting next year.
The Furman golf program dates back to 1930, and the Paladins own 13 Southern Conference titles. Brad Faxon was a two-time All-America player for the school in the early 1980s, and has gone on to earn eight PGA Tour victories and two Champions Tour titles.
Needless to say, the reaction on Twitter was not positive. Here are some examples:
Furman dropping men's golf. I hate it. I bet Brad Faxon does, too.
— Monte Dutton (@MonteDutton) February 7, 2014
Dottie Pepper, of course, is a prominent product of the Furman women's program.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.