DURHAM, N.C. – The North Carolina Central University Department of Athletics will discontinue the sport sponsorship of women’s bowling and is planning the addition of women’s golf for the 2016-17 season. The decision comes following a comprehensive review of the sports offerings at the institution.
“NCCU has a rich and proud history of competing in the NCAA and when we make changes to any of our programs, we conduct a thorough review to ensure the best decision is made on behalf of the well-being of our student-athletes,” said NCCU Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree.
“We are also sensitive to how this outcome affects our women’s bowling student-athletes,” Wicker-McCree said. “We will continue to honor scholarship funding to those student-athletes that were receiving athletic scholarship aid so they can achieve the ultimate college goal… graduation.”
Among the most significant factors in the decision-making process, in comparison to bowling, women’s golf provides increased opportunities for in-state recruiting and regional scheduling.
According to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s most recent data, there were 1,292 female golfers representing 280 high school teams in North Carolina during the 2013-14 campaign. There are no high schools in the state that sponsor the sport of bowling.
In the NCAA, there are 650 women’s golf programs, including 258 on the Division I level. For women’s bowling there are 65 total teams with 34 representing Division I institutions.