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Furman to discontinue men's golf program

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Justin Rose of England reacts during day 2 of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 22, 2015 in Virginia Water, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)  - 

Furman University announced Friday that it will discontinue its men's golf program as a varisty sport effective July 1.

The Greenville, S.C.-based school boasts an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 2,800 students and its men's golf program has roots that date back to the 1930s. Eight-time PGA Tour winner Brad Faxon was a two-time All-American while at Furman in 1982-83, and the list of LPGA stars include Betsy King, Dottie Pepper and Beth Daniel.

"Our Board (of Trustees) deliberated at great length over this decision, and it was made after considerable discussion and analysis of our university resources and our priorities in Division I athletics," interim president Carl Kohrt said in the announcement. "It is always difficult to limit opportunities, especially for young men who want to compete in a sport about which they are passionate, but just like every enterprise we have to constantly evaluate where to strategically allocate our resources."

According to a statement from the school, the funds previously earmarked for the men's golf program will not be re-allocated within the athletic department. All scholarship commitments to current players will still be honored, as will those for players who signed national letters of intent for the 2014-15 season. The men's team is currently ranked 122nd nationally, according to GolfStat.

After graduating from Furman in 1987, Pepper went on to win 17 times on the LPGA. She was quick to express her disagreement with the decision, taking to Twitter shortly after the announcement was made: