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Bethel College to add Golf and Cross Country for Fall 2003

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN.--Bethel College athletic director Diane Flickner announces the addition of men’s and women’s golf and cross country to the sports offered by Bethel College for the 2003-2004 academic year. "We feel that the addition of golf and cross country will enhance not only our athletic programs, but Bethel College as a whole," said Flickner. "Both sports offer participants the chance to develop skills in activities that can last a lifetime. We look for the addition of golf and cross country to help us to draw prospective students who may not have considered Bethel College in the past."

"I believe that the golf and cross country programs will help to reenergize Bethel’s broader base and create enthusiasm among certain members of our constituency with whom we have lost contact," said Bethel president E. LaVerne Epp. "The programs will offer opportunities for our students to exercise qualities and develop characteristics of leadership that is so distinctive to Bethel."

Bethel becomes the ninth KCAC school to offer golf. The team will be eligible for conference championships and participants will be eligible for conference honors. Golf competes during both the fall and the spring in the KCAC, with the NAIA National Golf Tournament held during the spring.

Gregg Dick has been appointed Head Golf Coach, and people are encouraged to contact him with information about prospective recruits. Dick can be contacted at 1 (800) 522-1887 ext. 277 or greggd@bethelks.edu.

"With the increasing popularity of golf today, adding golf as a sport at Bethel College is exciting to me," Dick said. "It is something that I feel will be good for the college in the future. Golf is both an individual and team sport, and will add variety to the current sports offered at Bethel College."

Cross Country won’t be an entirely new offering at Bethel. The College has sponsored a team in the past, and there has been an active cross country club on campus that has sent runners to meets the past several years. Bethel will also be the ninth team to sponsor cross country in the KCAC. As with golf, the teams will be eligible for conference championships and individual honors. Meets are held in the fall, along with a conference and NAIA National Meet.

Bethel Track Coach Gerry Sieber will oversee the cross country programs, and a cross country coach will be appointed by the College. Sieber can be contacted at 1 (800) 522-1887 ext. 297 or at gsieber@bethelks.edu.

"We’re excited about this opportunity and look forward to recapturing the cross country tradition the sport once had at Bethel College," Sieber said. "I’m also excited about the excellent training environment that we have at Bethel. This includes three miles of trails on a wooded terrain along Sand Creek, and the Newton Public Golf Course."

"I see the addition of golf and cross country as being consistent with the administrative priorities that we established last fall," said Epp. "In the area of student recruitment it will help Bethel draw students that may not have considered this college without these programs. I also believe it will assist in enhancing and improving student life on campus by providing for our students additional opportunities to build those outside the classroom connections and relationships that are an important part of the college experience."

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