The University of Scranton will add women's golf this fall, bringing the University's total sports offered to 19.
The women's golf team will compete as an NCAA Division III independent this fall, practicing and playing home matches at Glenmaura National Golf Club in nearby Moosic, the home course of the University's men's team. In 2017-18, both the men's and women's teams will move to the Landmark Conference, which will begin sponsoring men's and women's golf that fall.
"We're excited to add women's golf to our athletics department this fall," said Dave Martin, Director of Athletics. "Our men's golf team has built a strong tradition and the interest in women's golf continues to grow, making this an easy decision for us. The addition of women's golf solidifies our commitment to offering students a diverse mix of intercollegiate athletics opportunities."
Scranton will join fellow Landmark Conference members Susquehanna, Drew, Goucher and Juniata as institutions with women's golf programs when the conference begins competition in 2017-18. In addition, nearby non-conference institutions with women's golf programs include Misericordia, Marywood and Wilkes.
"With a world-class facility like Glenmaura National Golf Club and quality competition both in the Landmark Conference and locally, our women's golf team will have an opportunity to thrive right from the start," Martin said. "I'm looking forward to the program's first match this year and the beginning of Landmark Conference play in 2017-18."
Former Royals standout and current long-time men's golf coach Ed Karpovich will coach the women's team. In his 34 seasons as the men's golf coach, Karpovich has led the Royals to 297 victories and 16 top-five conference finishes, including the Middle Atlantic Conference title in 1988. Twenty-seven players have earned all-conference honors under Karpovich's tutelage, including two conference champions – Will Carey (1988) and J.T. Yarem (2005).
As a player, Karpovich led the Royals to Middle Atlantic Conference titles in 1973, 1975 and 1976, while winning the individual title in 1974 and 1976. He competed in the NCAA Tournament those two years, as well. A 1976 graduate of the University, he is a member of the athletics Wall of Fame.
Practice for the women's team will begin this fall, with the team's first match expected to be held this fall, as well.
Glenmaura National Golf Club has been home to the University's men's golf team since 2000. The 18-hole championship course, designed by Dr. Michael Hurzdan, features a state-of-the-art practice facility and hosted a Nationwide Tour event from 2000 to 2007, and also hosted the NCAA Division I East Regional in 2000.