Thursday, April 14, 2016

The lower price of oil, celebrated by so many consumers in recent months, has claimed another unlikely economic victim.
North Dakota University announced Tuesday that it will eliminate men’s golf after the spring season. The university cited falling oil and commodity prices and lower revenue forecasts as the reason for cutting the golf program, which dates to 1929, and baseball.
“There are realities to the amount of funding the state can provide,” Edward T. Schafer, the university’s interim president, said in a statement released on “In fact, all of our revenue sources will be under pressure for the foreseeable future. This requires us to focus, to prioritize, to plan and to make the tough decisions.”
On March 24, Tulsa University announced that it would cut men’s golf after the spring season, pointing to lower state revenues resulting from the drop in oil prices.
North Dakota athletic director Brian Faison, who said he met with the golf and baseball coaches and players Tuesday afternoon, called it “the hardest decision we’ve had to make as a department and that I’ve ever had to make in my career.” Existing scholarships will be honoured, UND said.