July 10, 2008
Women's Golf Added as MIAA Championship Event
Courtesy of Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association will conduct its first women's golf championship during the 2008-09 academic year.
It is one of several changes taking place to MIAA championship events for the upcoming year approved during the CEO Council meeting in late June.
With the inclusion of the University of Nebraska-Omaha into the MIAA membership July 1, it brought the number of conference institutions sponsoring the sport to five. Others fielding women's golf squads include Fort Hays State University, Missouri Western State University, Northwest Missouri State University and Truman State University.
"Women's golf is a sport which has tremendous growth potential," MIAA commissioner Jim Johnson said. "While we have five schools participating at the present time, that number could easily increase in the next three to five years."
The women's golf championship tournament will be played in conjunction with the men's championship, April 19-21, at a course to be announced.
Truman has the longest history in the sport -- the Bulldogs first competed in 1985-86. UNO began its women's golf program in 2000-01, while Missouri Western and Fort Hays State started their squads in 2003-04. Northwest Missouri State played its inaugural varsity season in 2007-08.
This is the first championship added by the MIAA since women's soccer debuted in 1999, and raises the conference's number of championships to 17 (eight men's and nine women's).
A Division II conference needs six members participating for a championship to count towards its official NCAA total -- which is used as part of the formula for calculating the amount of enhancement funds received by each conference.
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