Press Release for Monday, July 19, 2010

UNF Athletics Adds Golf for Women in 2012-13

Brian Morgan, Director

Athletic Media Relations

(904) 620-4027

University of North Florida Director of Athletics Lee Moon announced the addition of women’s golf as a Division I athletic program, increasing the number of varsity sports sponsored by the University to 18.

“We are excited about adding women’s golf into the family of Osprey sports,” said Moon. “We feel like women’s golf is a perfect fit for our athletic program at this time, especially with the success that our men’s golf program has enjoyed recently. Our location, the ability to play year round and our facilities give us an immediate advantage in not only attracting a strong coach but also in drawing top-notch golf prospects interested in competing at the highest level.”

The women’s golf program is slated to begin NCAA competition during the 2012-13 season. A national search to identify a head coach is scheduled for spring 2011, while the 2011-12 season will be utilized for recruiting, scheduling and player development.

The UNF men’s golf team turned in one of the best season’s in program history in 2009-10 earning 13 top-10 finishes, including 11 top-5 and eight top-3 showings. The Ospreys, who ranked in the top 25 nationally all season, captured a pair of tournament titles and qualified for the NCAA Championships where they finished 14th out of 30 teams.

UNF also swept the postseason honors for the A-Sun Conference, including All-American Sean Dale (Player of the Year), Kevin Phelan (Freshman of the Year) and Scott Schroeder (Coach of the Year).

With the addition of women’s golf at UNF, the Atlantic Sun Conference will have full participation of its member institutions in that sport.