YORK, PA – The York College athletic department is happy to announce that women's golf will become the school's 23rd varsity sport starting in the fall of 2017.
Assistant Dean for Athletics and Recreation Paul Saikia announced the addition as the Spartans will now have 12 women's varsity sports to go along with 11 men's varsity programs. Women's golf is the first addition to the varsity sports lineup in 12 years. The last program to be added to the department came in 2005 when women's lacrosse was elevated to varsity status for the 2006 season.
The Spartan women's golfers will compete immediately for a Capital Athletic Conference championship as the league will sponsor a women's golf championship in the spring of 2018. At the present time, the CAC will feature Christopher Newport, Mary Washington, York, and Marymount in the first championship tournament. York, CNU and Mary Washington will all be in their first year as varsity sports while Marymount will be in their third year as a varsity program at the first conference championship tournament. The conference field will likely include more schools as a number of the institutions are in the early stages of adding women's golf.
Saikia was pleased to see the Spartan athletic offerings increase with the addition of women's golf.
"We are thrilled to be growing Spartan Athletics with the addition of women's golf. This is not only an enhancement to our women's sports program, but it puts us in a position to give both of our golf teams appropriate attention and resources. It is important to us as we continue to build York College intercollegiate athletics that we match the breadth of our offerings with quality. I believe we have the potential to become highly competitive in golf, on both sides."
The Spartans will call the Country Club of York their home course. The facility is one of the finest in the Mid-Atlantic region. The course was designed by famed architect Donald J. Ross and opened in 1928. The course's classical layout features 59 deep-faced bunkers and signature Ross-styled green complexes. The course plays at 6,359 yards from the white tees with a rating of 77.6 and a slope of 137 for the women.
Saikia is currently in the process of hiring a new full-time golf coach. The new coach will direct both the men's and the women's program.