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Here’s why this university is eliminating its college golf programs after the 2023 season

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will discontinue its men’s and women’s golf programs following the 2022-23 season citing financial constraints and a declining budget, the school announced this week.

UCCS did an extensive assessment of its 16 NCAA-sponsored programs and ensured the remaining 14 programs (baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, and volleyball) would not be affected.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision, but also necessary in order to ensure the university and department’s budget expectations were met,” said Executive Director of Athletics Nathan Gibson said in a release. “It will now be our top priority to make sure that we support our student-athletes through this transition.”

Eligible student-athletes receiving an athletic scholarship will have their scholarship honored in full through the 2023-24 academic year. Student-athletes who choose to transfer will be allowed to compete at that institution beginning next fall.

The men’s golf program will begin its six-tournament spring season on Feb. 27 at the California State University San Bernardino Coyote Classic. The women’s team will play its first of five spring tournaments on March 13 at the Southwest Minnesota State University Spring Classic.

The decision to discontinue the golf programs is independent of the UCCS College of Business – Professional Golf Management Program and does not affect any student within the PGM program.


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