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December 2007

Release Date: December 3, 2007

ASU to Field Women’s Golf Team Next Fall

Starting in the fall of 2008, Angelo State University will field a women’s golf team to compete in NCAA Division II and Lone Star Conference play.

ASU Athletics Director Kathleen Brasfield announced the new Rambelle sport Monday, Dec. 3, during the regular luncheon of the ASU Athletic Foundation.

“We are excited about this announcement first and foremost,” Brasfield said, “because it will provide additional opportunities for women to represent Angelo State University in athletic competition. The decision to start a women’s golf program also reflects the university’s longstanding and on-going commitment to gender equity under Title IX.”

Brasfield said women’s golf is one of the fastest growing sports in NCAA competition so the timing is right for the new ASU program. She said ASU will start with a team of eight players and eventually expand to 12.

In making the announcement, Brasfield also named the coaches and ASU’s home courses. Jimmy Tidwell, director of golf at Bentwood Country Club, and Jason Hase, director of golf at San Angelo Country Club, will serve as volunteer coaches. The Rambelle squad will use both of the country club courses for practice and play.

“We would like to thank the board of directors at each of the country clubs for allowing us to use their courses,” Brasfield said. “That plus the willingness of the golf pros at both Bentwood and San Angelo Country Club made the addition of Rambelle golf possible without a significant cost to the university and the athletic department.”

Recruiting will begin immediately with the goal of having a competitive team in place by the fall, she said. Golf will join volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, track and field, and softball as the seventh women’s sport. Currently, eight LSC institutions field women’s golf teams.

Brasfield said the new team is part of a five-year gender equity plan to increase opportunities for women athletes as mandated by Title IX, the gender equity provision of the 1972 Education Amendments to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Title IX specifically prohibited gender discrimination in educational programs that receive federal funds. Provisions of the law have translated into equal numbers and opportunity for women in collegiate sports or ongoing progress toward attaining that goal.

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