TOWSON, Md. – The Landmark Conference and Marywood University have agreed to an affiliation in the sport of women’s golf beginning in 2017-18 academic year. Marywood will join the existing six women’s golf programs in the Landmark.
“We are honored to be part of the Landmark Conference and excited to begin competition in 2017-18,” said Pacers head coach Eric Grundman. “The Landmark Conference provides us with the opportunity to compete in a women's golf conference with outstanding academic institutions and women's golf programs similar to our own. We look forward to representing both Marywood University and the Landmark Conference as student-athletes and as competitors.”
In the summer of 2015, the Landmark announced it would sponsor men’s and women’s golf beginning in the fall of 2017. By adding men’s and women’s golf, the Landmark will increase the number of sports sponsored for the first time since the conference was organized in 2006. The additions will bump the conference’s championship offerings up to 22 – 12 for women, 10 for men.
“We are honored and delighted to be joining the Landmark Conference as an affiliate member for women's golf,” said Marywood Athletic Director Mary Jo Gunning. “This will provide our student-athletes with an experience that will include a championship venue. Our current affiliate membership with the Landmark in men's and women's swimming & diving has proven very beneficial to both our student-athletes and in terms of recruitment. We look forward to engaging in competition within the Landmark.”
“We’re pleased to welcome Marywood as an affiliate member in women’s golf,” commented Landmark Conference Commissioner Dan Fisher. “Since joining the conference as an affiliate in swimming and diving in 2011, Marywood has raised the competitive experience for our members, and we expect the same to occur for our women’s golf student-athletes. We welcome Marywood to the Landmark and look forward to our first season of women’s golf in the coming year.”
The inaugural Landmark Women’s Golf Championship shall be hosted by Susquehanna on Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29, 2018. The Landmark expects to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships during the 2018-19 season.
Founded in 2006, the Landmark Conference consists of eight NCAA Division III institutions: The Catholic University of America, Drew University, Elizabethtown College, Goucher College, Juniata College, Moravian College, The University of Scranton, and Susquehanna University. Marywood University is an affiliate member of the conference in swimming & diving. The Landmark Conference began competition in September of 2007.