The Athletics Department has announced that women’s golf will be added as the university’s 15th intercollegiate sport starting this fall.

“This will be a great addition to our lineup of athletics offerings, said Jared Bruggeman, director of athletics. “Women’s golf is a high-demand sport within our region and we have outstanding talent amongst our local high schools that will increase the opportunities for additional female student-athletes.”

Current men’s coach Mike Wheeler will serve as the head coach for the new program. Missouri Southern will be the 11th school in the MIAA to offer women’s golf as a sport, joining Northeastern State, Central Oklahoma, Missouri Western, Lindenwood, Central Missouri, Northwest Missouri, Nebraska-Kearney, Fort Hays State, Southwest Baptist and Lincoln.

“The addition of women’s golf has been a goal of mine for some time,” said Wheeler. “This would not be possible without the support of the local golf community as well as the availability of area golf facilities. I’m excited at this opportunity and new challenge. There are many tremendous female golfers in the region who will now get a chance to represent Missouri Southern.”

The Lions will begin a full schedule this fall and will compete in the 2019 MIAA Championships alongside the men’s team.