KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- The Oregon Tech athletic department is pleased to announce the addition of men’s and women’s golf starting immediately with competition set to begin the 2013-14 season.
Both men and women will compete in the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC), bringing the number of athletic offerings at Oregon Tech to 13. The university also offers men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s track and field, softball and baseball.
Director of Athletics Michael Schell is excited about adding the two programs.
“Golf is a sport that Oregon Tech has been considering for many years. We have several quality courses in the area. Golf athletes also tend to be good students and will be a good fit for us academically.” Schell said he hopes to have a head coach hired as soon as possible to start the recruiting process. The search for a coach for both teams will begin immediately.
Schell went on to say that he hopes the Klamath Falls Golf community will support the addition of these teams and the athletes they bring to Klamath Falls.
Rob Cashell, Cascade Collegiate Conference Commissioner said, “I am very excited for Oregon Tech and for our conference. The addition of men's and women's golf enhances the league and ultimately will position us to receive automatic bids for our men and women champions to the NAIA national tournaments.”
Oregon Tech will become the 6th member, and only public university, competing in the Cascade Conference, which in turn gives the CCC an automatic national qualifying team into the NAIA championships. Tech joins fellow CCC members Northwest Christian University, Concordia University, College of Idaho, Corban University and Warner Pacific College.
While the CCC Tournament and NAIA National Championships are in the spring, the golf season actually starts in the fall and takes a break during the winter months. Competing schools name a five-person team for each event, with the official team combined score being the four best scores of each round. More than five golfers may participate in an event, although the extra athletes would play as individuals and not have a chance to affect the team score. The Owls are working on arrangements with both Reames Golf and Country Club and Running Y Ranch in Klamath Falls as home courses.
The CCC Tournament, generally held in mid-April, is a three-round event that will be hosted by Concordia University this fall and at College of Idaho in 2014. The National Championships are held in mid-May and have recently been hosted by CCC member Corban University and played at Creekside Golf Club in Salem.
Schell said that the Oregon Tech golf teams likely will participate in four events in the fall of 2013 and three more in the spring of 2014 before heading into CCC Tournament play.
Prospective athletes and anyone who is interested in the coaching position should contact Michael Schell at 541-885-1452 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.