Friday Dec. 19, 2008
AUGUSTA, GA – Just one day after announcing that the league would grow to 13 teams, the Peach Belt Conference announced that the board of directors has voted that a 13th championship sport will also be added with women’s golf beginning in the fall of 2009. The first PBC women’s golf championship tournament will be played in April 2010 at a site to be determined.
"Providing championship opportunities to our student-athletes is one of the cornerstones of our conference," said PBC commissioner David Brunk from the league office in Augusta. "We have been actively trying to add more championship sports and are thrilled that women’s golf will be a part of the Peach Belt. Men’s golf has been a very successful sport for us and the southeast has the best collegiate golf in the country, at all levels, and the addition of the women’s championship is a natural fit for us."
Currently, only Armstrong Atlantic State and UNC Pembroke sponsor women’s golf. However, the two new league members announced yesterday, Flagler and Montevallo, both have women’s golf programs. Columbus State and North Georgia will add the sport in the fall of 2009, giving the league six women’s teams which meets the Peach Belt’s minimum requirement for a championship sport. Two other PBC institutions, Augusta State and Francis Marion, have women’s golf teams that compete at the Division I level.
The Peach Belt has not added a championship sport since women’s soccer began in 2000. With the addition of women’s golf, the league will now have seven championships for women and six for men. Other women’s title sports are basketball, softball, volleyball, cross country, soccer and tennis. The PBC has men’s championships in basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, golf and cross country.