MU adds women’s golf team

When Millersville Director of Athletics Peg Kauffman approached Scott Vandegrift about starting a women’s golf team, all he could think was, “It’s about time.”

“It’s the right thing to do,” Vandegrift said.

Millersville University added women’s golf as an intercollegiate sport and the team will begin competition in the fall of this year.

Vandegrift, head coach of the men’s golf team, originally had the idea in 1987.  He was going through the budget for the men’s program and realized it would not cost a lot of extra money to fund a women’s team.  However, there was no fuel for the addition at
the time.

Vandegrift thinks that since the university has a female athletic director, president and vice-president of student affairs whom all happen to play golf, this is the perfect time to start a women’s golf program.

Vandegrift has been the person of contact for the women’s team since the announcement of its addition in December.  No one has been officially named as the team’s head coach at this time.

Women’s golf brings the number of intercollegiate sports at Millersville to 22 and the number of women’s sports to 12.

Including Millersville, the PSAC now has eight schools competing in women’s golf. Currently, there are 133 Division II schools sponsoring the sport. PSAC members Clarion and East Stroudsburg began competition at the start of 2008 leading to the first-ever PSAC Championship, which was won by California (Pa.).

Typical roster size is between eight and 12 golfers. Vandegrift feels it will be about a year until they have a roster of this size.  He knows that it will take time to get the athletes to Millersville and groom them the way he did with the men’s program which he took over more than 25 years ago.

“I have no doubt that in a year’s time we will have eight to 10 athletes with a solid background in golf,” Vandegrift said.

The women’s schedule will include 10-12 invitational tournaments throughout the fall and spring Millersville’s home course will be Crossgates Golf Club, which is also home for the men’s team.

Those interested in trying out for the team can reach Vandegrift by e-mail at scott.vandegrift@millersville.edu or by phone at 717-871-2436 and can fill out a prospective athlete form at millersvilleathletics.com.