Stephens set to add golf team

Monday, January 31, 2011 | 6:11 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Stephens College swings into golf beginning in the fall of 2011.

The school, which competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, has started a search for a head coach for its new golf team.

“The addition of golf at Stephens College will allow our students to benefit from the many important values, including respect, responsibility and sportsmanship, which are learned through college athletics,” Deb Duren, director of athletics at Stephens, said in a news release.

Stephens’ golfers will practice and play at Columbia Country Club, across from the college’s equestrian center.

“Columbia Country Club is extremely excited and proud to be partnering with such an outstanding institution as Stephens College in this endeavor,” Brett Bieske, general manager and director of golf at Columbia Country Club, said in a release.

Golfers will compete in the American Midwest Conference. They will begin competition in tournaments starting in its second year of play.

The Stephens golf program was nationally ranked in the '70s. During the '70s and '80s, pro golfer Ann Casey Johnstone coached the team.

Stephens joined the NAIA in 2004, making partial athletic scholarships possible. Stephens had previously been a member of NCAA Division III since 1994.

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