CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Patriot League Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich announced Thursday the addition of the University of Richmond as an associate member in the sport of women's golf. The Spiders will begin competing in the sport during the 2014-15 campaign and make the Patriot League eligible for an automatic NCAA Tournament berth as the sixth participating team.
"We are very pleased to welcome the University of Richmond as an associate member in women's golf," Femovich said. "They share the strong academic and athletic ideals that exemplify the League and enhance the competition in the sport by making the Patriot League eligible for an NCAA Tournament berth."
"We are extremely grateful to Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich and all the member institutions of the Patriot League for affording for our women's golf the opportunity to compete within the conference," Richmond Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Women's Administrator LaRee Sugg said. "Our coaching staff and student-athletes are enthusiastically motivated to positively contribute to the League's continued growth and success. We researched a number of conferences in an effort to identify the association that best aligns with the established goals of our women's golf program and institution as a whole and through that research, the Patriot League was the clear choice."
The Spiders placed eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship in April, and will have a first-year head coach as Ali Wright was hired to take over the program in June. The Spiders join full-time Patriot League members Boston University, Bucknell University, the College of Holy Cross, Lehigh University and the United States Naval Academy as participants in Patriot League women's golf. The sport will enter its third season in the Patriot League in 2014-15, with Lehigh (2013) and Bucknell (2014) claiming the first two League titles.