Women's Golf Comes to BC
Adding women's golf will make the second new sport added this year alone, and the sixth added with in the last five years to the college...
February 4, 2011
Bluefield, VA—Coming off of the heels of announcing the return of intercollegiate football, Bluefield College will add women's golf to the list of athletic sports offered at the college.
Aaron Summers will take on dual roles coaching both men's and women's golf.
Photo Courtesy of Old Dominion University
Set to hit the golf course in the fall of 2011, the women's program will be coached by the men's golf coach, Aaron Summers. Summers, who came to BC in the spring of 2010, has already begun recruiting for the fall season and will be ready to compete in the fall competitive season.
Adding women's golf will make the second new sport added this year alone, and the sixth added with in the last five years to the college, behind men's and women's tennis, men's and women's cross country, and football.
"BC continues to grow, and we are excited to add more opportunities for student-athletes to be a part of the BC community," said acting Athletic Director Peter Dryer.
By adding the women's program this will bring the total number of women's sports offered at BC to seven. Previous women's sports already offered at the college include volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, cross country, and tennis.
"We knew that adding football would give student-athletes in this region the opportunity to compete at a high level in the sport they love, and earn a degree here at BC. Women's golf will do the same – provide a great experience competing in athletics while earning a college degree," said Dryer.
BC will be on the forefront by adding women's golf as just one of only two regional colleges in the area that will offer a separate competitive women's golf program. Concord University is the only other school that competes in women's golf in the region.
"There are not as many opportunities to compete in women's golf collegiately. Having a team here at Bluefield and the knowledge and experience of a coach like Aaron Summers puts us in a position to provide a great opportunity for women golfers in the area," said Dryer.
By adding women's golf it allows the college and head coach Aaron Summers to tap into some regional, along with some statewide, talent that is passed by schools that do not offer a women's golf program.
"I feel that BC is ahead of the curve by adding women's golf. Most colleges in the area, including NCAA Division I schools like Virginia Tech, haven't taken this step yet. My hope is that this addition will help to promote women's golf in the area, as well as encourage other schools to add the program," said Summers.
Summers also realizes that one of the challenges of starting up a program as well as being the chief recruiter for the team is the lack of separate women's teams at the secondary level.
"The number of girls that play golf is very low, not only in the area but in the state as well. Hopefully, with a collegiate women's program in the area it will encourage high school age and younger girls to get into the sport," said Summers.
Summers came to BC in the spring of 2010 after being assistant men's and women's golf coach at Radford University. As a professional player Summers holds the course records at four clubs in Virginia and North Carolina. Summers played collegiate golf at Radford University and received numerous First Team honors. Summers was also a member of the 2000 Floyd High School golf state championship team.
The women's team will initially be a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) when they take the course in the fall. BC offers a total of 12 sports and with the additions of the football program and women's golf programs in the fall, BC will offer some of the most popular and extensive sports in the area.
Through the athletic programs on campus, BC seeks to develop Christian character. In fact, players on all teams are expected to follow the Ram EFFORT, which Dryer announced in the fall of 2010. Ram EFFORT encourages student- athletes at BC to demonstrate Effort, Faith, Focus, Ownership, Respect, and Teamwork.
For more information on the addition of the women's golf program please visit our website at www.bluefield.edu/athletics or by emailing Coach Aaron Summers at .