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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • College trustees consider reinstating golf program

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  • Beaver sports fans may be yelling "Fore" in the future if a proposal to reinstate golf at Pratt Community College is approved.
    A member of the PCC Board of Trustees, Darrell Shumway, presented the proposal at the regular monthly Trustee meeting Monday night. The Trustees took no action on the matter but did discuss the possibility at length.
    The new owners of Park Hills Country club are interested in helping the college reinstate the program, Shumway said.
    To help figure out the finances for starting a track program, the numbers for the last time PCC had a golf program in 2008-2009 were resurrected.
    The financial numbers for 2008-2009 break down: salary-$10,300, travel-$9,500, dues-$6,000, supplies-$4,500 and contractual services-$3,300 for a grand total of $33,600.
    If the program were able to recruit from 10 to 15 students and those students were all in-state academic with full tuition and book scholarships, it would generate a net income from all sources in a range from $23,400 to $35,100.
    In 2008, the golf fees at Park Hills for the PCC golf team were $6,000. The new proposal is less then half that, Shumway said.
    "I think we need to look at it again," Shumway said. "It's not that expensive."
    Looking at a possible recruiting resource, Shumway said USD 382 had regional golf championships in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. The interest in golf is there and having a golf program at PCC could be an incentive to keep more local high school students at home.
    Shumway said he had made contact with an individual interested in being a part-time coach for a golf team and that would mean a smaller salary than a full-time coach. This person said he would be willing to go on the road and recruit athletes.
    Kurt McAfee, PCC athletic director, said the addition of 10 to 15 golfers would mean more revenue for the residence halls.
    Trustee Wendell Howell said he wanted to know about additional costs for equipment and uniforms.
    McAfee said that most athletes in a golf program would already have their own golf clubs and bag and shoes. If a budget like the one in 2008-2009 were adopted, it would cover the cost of team shirts.
    As far as competition, most golf meets are on Monday and they usually work out so both men and women can travel together to tournaments.
    Recruiting women for the golf team was a problem the last time PCC had a team. A college golf team has to have at least five members to qualify for team play and the college would want to keep it all Kansas students and not open it up to out-of-state players, said PCC President William Wojciechowski.
    Page 2 of 2 - Trustee Michele Hamm said the money for a new golf program might be better spent improving the salaries of the existing volleyball and track programs, both of which have lost good coaches.
    McAfee said Hamm was right and the track program did have room to grow and that would bring in more revenue whereas the volleyball program is at scholarship capacity.
    Because this proposal is coming at the end of the school year, would the college have enough time to recruit a team before the fall semester, Wojciechowski questioned.
    Few colleges in Kansas have golf programs and that would work in favor of PCC.
    "I'm relatively certain we could recruit a full team," McAfee said.
    The Trustees did take action on a new state law that requires concealed carry be allowed in any state or municipal building unless that building has security measures to assure no weapons are permitted in the building.
    The law also allows a four-year exemption for an institution to state why they should be exempt and not allow concealed carry. The Trustees voted to use that exemption so the college president can determine the implications of carrying a concealed weapon on campus and the cost of security measures to assure no weapons are allowed in buildings.
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