York College has announced that it will be reintroducing both the men's and women's golf programs, set to begin competition in the 2015-16 school year. While the programs were previously discontinued in 2007, the Panthers recent transition to the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) mandated an additional sport in order to meet conference requirements. With a successful history in the sport, including MCAC championships for the men's team in 2005 and 2006, golf was seen as a logical choice. As the Panthers begin their transition into the KCAC they plan to be serious contenders, just as they were in the MCAC.
"I'm very excited about bringing golf back to our campus and being able to compete at a high level in our new conference," said Director of Athletics Jared Stark. "We have a strong tradition in the sport and have chosen a coaching staff that will lead us back to a competitive program that we once were. "
York College will utilize the York Country Club heavily in the rebirth of the program. Two of the golf pros, Bill Thomas and Kenny Evans, will coach the team and work with them individually on techniques and playing ability. Panther golfers will have access to one of the premier country clubs in central Nebraska.
Bill Thomas is the Director of Golf at the York Country Club. He is a certified PGA professional.
Kenny Evans is a PGA Apprentice Assistant Professional and a 2008 York College graduate. He was a member of the golf team while a student and helped the Panthers claim two conference championships. Evans was a decorated player for the Panthers most notably when he was MCAC player of the year in 2005 and he was also named an NCCAA (National Christian College Athletics Association) All-American in 2006.