DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College athletic department announced Friday that the College will be adding women's golf as an intercollegiate sport, beginning with the 2017-18 academic year.
Wesley becomes the only Division III school on the Delmarva Peninsula to sponsor women's golf. The addition of women's golf would bring 18 NCAA-sponsored sports to Wesley, bringing the sport offerings to nine women's sports and nine men's sports.
"We are excited to add women's golf as our newest sport at Wesley College," Director of Athletics Mike Drass said. "Adding women's golf gives those female athletes in our area a chance to compete at the Division III level."
Steve Malkowski will be the head women's golf coach. In addition, Rick McCall Jr. will succeed his father, Rick McCall as the new men's golf coach following the retirement of the elder McCall after the spring season.
McCall Jr. is currently the Head Golf Professional at Wild Quail Country Club, a position he has held since Feb. 2003. McCall Jr was the Delaware State High School Golf Champion in 1988 and went on to have a successful golf career at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. McCall Jr. has been the assistant golf coach at Wesley since 2002.
A veteran of the Air Force, Malkowski is no stranger to the Dover area. Malkowski graduated from Wesley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration in 1983. Malkowski has been an assistant at Dover High School for the past 14 years.
"We are going to utilize both Steve and Rick's strengths in order to compete on the course and contend for a Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship," Drass stated.
Both golf teams will call Wild Quail Country Club in Wyoming, Del. their home course.
Wesley will be the seventh CAC school to offer women's golf as a intercollegiate sport. Marymount started its women's golf program in 2014-15 while Christopher Newport, Mary Washington, Penn State Harrisburg, Southern Virginia and York are all set to begin play in 2017-18. The CAC will now have an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships in women's golf starting in the spring of 2018.
Women's golf will now be added as an official CAC sport during the 2017-18 school year with the first-ever CAC Women's Golf Championship to be played in the spring of 2018. The inaugural championship will be played at Bay Creek Resort in Cape Charles, Va.