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UMKC to eliminate men’s tennis, women’s golf programs

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Posted at 11:29 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 13:01:52-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Following a review of athletic programs, the University of Missouri – Kansas City announced Tuesday plans to eliminate its men’s tennis and women’s golf programs.

The move would reduce the total number of teams at the school from 16 to 14 starting in the 2020-2021 school year.

“UMKC remains committed to Division I Athletics with the strategic goal of producing top-ranked programs,” UMKC Athletics Director Brandon E. Martin said in a release. “Concentrating our efforts on a reduced portfolio of programs gives our teams a better opportunity to succeed and build a larger following.”

Starting in the fall of 2020, the school will have men’s and women’s teams in basketball, soccer, cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field. Additionally, the school will maintain women’s volleyball, softball and tennis. The men’s golf team will also remain.

The school says it plans to honor scholarships to student-athletes in the affected programs. Those wishing to transfer would be able to participate at a new school in the 2020-2021 season.