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Men’s golf could be returning to UND

GRAND FORKS -- Men's golf may be on its way back.Two months after the University of North Dakota announced it was cutting the 87-year-old program along with baseball, UND interim president Ed Schafer re-opened the door for men's golf, saying it w...

GRAND FORKS - Men’s golf may be on its way back.
Two months after the University of North Dakota announced it was cutting the 87-year-old program along with baseball, UND interim president Ed Schafer re-opened the door for men’s golf, saying it will have a team again next season if it raises $70,823.
Schafer also is requiring the program to raise another chunk of money - the specific amount yet to be set - by June 1, 2017. The program must be endowed by June 1, 2018. If any of those conditions are not met, the program will fold.
“Men’s golf has submitted a plan that I believe has the ability to attract the sustainable external funding necessary to reinstate the golf program if funding deadlines are met,” Schafer said in a campuswide email.
UND athletic director Brian Faison said he thinks “there’s a good chance” that the men’s golf program will secure the necessary funding.
“The president offered up the opportunity for baseball and golf to see if they could come up with sustainable external funding to underwrite the programs,” Faison said. “Baseball went through the process and didn’t come up with a plan that the president could agree to.”
The amount of money needed to sustain the golf program is significantly less than baseball, Faison confirmed.
If the necessary funding is secured, Tim Swanson will remain as men’s golf coach and the program will still have 1.5 scholarships.
The programs were initially cut to help address statewide mandated budget cuts. A few weeks later, Schafer opened the door for them to fundraise. He closed the door on baseball soon after.
When asked why the university didn’t offer the opportunity to fundraise before announcing the elimination of the programs, UND spokesperson Peter Johnson said: “There was an awful lot of work in a very short period of time. With the timing of it, we didn’t have an opportunity to have those conversations ahead of time. There was a very short time to reshape our budget. It was a really aggressive timeline.”
Men’s golf has been played at UND since 1929. UND took seventh of eight teams at the Big Sky Championship in Boulder City, Nev., on May 1.
“We feel this plan, if it’s executed properly, there could be some opportunities there,” Johnson said.

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