Release courtesy of Bluffton University
BLUFFTON, OH — Bluffton University is bringing back golf as an intercollegiate sport during the 2017-18 academic year. The Bluffton Golf Club will serve as the men’s and women’s home course. Bluffton previously had a golf program until the end of the 2003-04 academic year.
“There are extremely strong high school golf programs in the region, and Bluffton wants to offer student-athletes the opportunity to earn a Bluffton degree while continuing to compete in a sport they love,” said Phill Talavinia, director of athletics. “We’re thrilled the Bluffton Golf Course will be our host course. The Young family maintains high-quality facilities that our teams will be challenged on right in our home community.”
Bluffton currently has 14 intercollegiate athletic teams including men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field. As well as football, baseball, softball and volleyball.
Bluffton is a NCAA Division III school, and the Beavers are part of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. With Bluffton’s addition of golf, every school in the HCAC will offer the sport.
The search is underway for a head coach who will begin recruitment efforts during the 2016-17 academic year.