Southeastern University's growing golf program has a new home.
Interim Director of Athletics Drew Watson announced Thursday afternoon at The Club at Eaglebrooke that SEU will be adding women's golf to its varsity lineup beginning next fall. He also announced that Eaglebrooke will be the home course for Fire men's and women's golf.
Steve Phelps, who has coached the men's team for the past three seasons, will also oversee the women's program.
Watson and Phelps said they are frequently asked by local and even international players and coaches whether SEU offers women's golf. It was time to start answering, "Yes."
"There's a market for it," Watson said.
Eaglebrooke, located in south Lakeland, offers a challenging layout and quality practice facilities that should benefit Southeastern golfers for years to come.
"This is not only the finest golf course in Lakeland, but the best that Central Florida has to offer," Watson said.
Dale Jacobs, managing partner at Eaglebrooke, and John Greiner, its club professional, said the quality of SEU golfers both on and off the course made it a natural fit for the course and its members.
"The quality of the student at Southeastern is exciting to us," Jacobs said.
Phelps plans to recruit 12 golfers for the women's team for 2013. The men will host a tournament at Eaglebrooke in October, and Phelps plans for the women to also host an event there sometime during next season.
Both teams will compete in the NAIA's Sun Conference.