The University of Tulsa announced today that it would reduce the number of its intercollegiate athletic programs by eliminating the sport of men's golf, effective July 1, 2016. The decision was made after careful consideration by university administration with input from trustees and stakeholders.
"All university departments are regularly asked to examine their available resources and readjust their programs as needed to align themselves with financial realities and the athletic department is no different," said Derrick Gragg, TU's vice president and director of athletics. "This was an extremely difficult decision, but after much deliberation, we made the tough call to eliminate the men's golf program."
The decision affects six current student-athletes. Head Coach Bill Brogden has spent 30 years as coach of the Golden Hurricane men's golf team.
"Coach Brogden has represented our program exceptionally well during the past three decades," said Gragg. "His contributions and those of his many teams will always be a proud part of Golden Hurricane history. We thank him for all he has given to the TU family."
The university will honor all scholarships granted to current men's golf student-athletes.
"We are committed to helping these young men complete their education at The University of Tulsa or facilitate their transition to another university where they can continue their education and athletic career as well," said Gragg.