FAYETTE, Mo. – Men's and Women's Golf will be added to the roster of intercollegiate sports at Central Methodist University in the fall of 2009, announced Kenneth Oliver, CMU vice president for campus life and director of athletics.
Jim Ray Kluck, a member of the CMU Admission staff, will be the head coach for both the men's and women's programs. Kluck served as head coach for the golf program at Kemper Military School and College in Boonville from 1988 to 1991. Kluck also served as a football coach at Kemper and at Boonville high School, as well as with the CMU football team.
Oliver said CMU would also be hiring a golf pro to work with the university's program and that recruiting efforts for the 2009-10 academic year golf teams have already begun. He added that the Perche Creek Golf Complex in Columbia and Hail Ridge Golf Course in Boonville would be used as practice facilities, and that the Hail Ridge Golf Course may be used as the home course.
Central Methodist previously had a golf program for several years. Currently the university has 14 intercollegiate sports, as well as intramural sports.
Founded in 1854, Central Methodist is the only United Methodist Church-related university in Missouri, and welcomes qualified men and women of all faiths and from diverse backgrounds. Its wooded, historic campus hosts a faculty of teachers, mentors, and scholars dedicated to providing extraordinary attention to the individual learner. With offerings ranging from high-school dual credit to graduate studies and a total enrollment of more than 3,000, its liberal arts and pre-professional programs are centered on a character core that has twice brought Central Methodist national recognition for its leadership in character education. In recent years the University has attracted significant challenge grants from the national Kresge and Mabee Foundations to help build a $15 million Student and Community Center on the academic quadrangle and to fund $5 million in major upgrades to its athletic facilities.