Brian Morgan, Director
Athletics Media Relations
The University of North Florida athletic department announced Saturday the acceptance of a donation of $10,000 from Clark and Jan Lindley towards the UNF Women’s Golf program.
Residents of Warner, N.H., the Lindleys own and operate StoneField Bison Ranch, a small buffalo breeding operation, along with owning insurance companies in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The pair is fans of the game and established a membership at Sawgrass Country Club after vacationing in Ponte Vedra Beach four years ago.
“We are truly excited and blessed to have a couple like Clark and Jan Lindley join in our vision of building a championship caliber women’s golf program at North Florida,” said UNF Athletic Director Lee Moon. “We are looking forward to building a top-notch women’s golf program and this financial commitment definitely gives us a great start. We believe that with our facilities, location, climate and history of golf success in our men’s program that we can quickly become a really strong women’s golf program.”
An avid lifetime golfer, Mr. Lindley introduced his wife to the game four years ago on a vacation to Ponte Vedra Beach. The couple played at Sawgrass Country Club, the host course of the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational, and enjoyed it so much that they became members of the club.
Three years ago, Mr. Lindley participated in the pro-am during the practice round of the John Hayt Golf Tournament and was impressed with the professionalism and demeanor of the UNF students. Since that experience, the Lindleys have been enthusiastic supporters of the tournament and the University of North Florida.
Last year during a tour of the UNF campus and visit with men’s golf coach Scott Schroeder, the Lindleys became aware of the athletic department’s plans to launch an NCAA Division I women’s golf program in the 2012-13 season. Intrigued by this idea, the Lindleys decided to take a pro-active support role both in action and monetarily. Along with their donation, the couple has met with a several women who share their sincere interest in developing the UNF women’s golf program as well as a few LPGA Tour participants.
The women’s golf program at UNF is slated to begin NCAA competition during the 2012-13 season. A national search to identify a head coach is scheduled for later this spring, while the 2011-12 season will be utilized for recruiting, scheduling and player development.
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