Johnson & Wales University to Offer Women’s Golf in Fall 2014

PROVIDENCE, RI Johnson & Wales University (JWU) associate dean of athletics Mary Graf today announced that women’s golf will soon join the roster of athletic programs offered at the university. The program will begin in the Fall of 2014.

“Last year, we expanded our women’s athletic program by adding field hockey and lacrosse,” said Graf. “Later this year we will add ice hockey and golf, providing more variety in the sports that we offer. The fastest growing segment of women golfers are those between the ages of 18 and 29, representing almost one-quarter of all female golfers.

“Intercollegiate athletics are an important complement to education here at JWU,” said Marie Bernardo-Sousa, JWU senior vice-president of administration. ” Our student athletes embrace teamwork, which is an important characteristic sought by employers. They see someone who works well with others, who can work under a set system, and someone who can exchange ideas and information with other team members.”

Lou Parente, currently in his 9th year as JWU’s men’s golf coach, will be the head coach of both the men’s and women’s golf teams. An accomplished golfer, Coach Parente qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1998 and the North & South Amateur in 1999. He is a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America and its Division III Coaches Congress, the USGA and is a former PGA assistant professional.

When women’s golf begins in September, it will become the 23rd varsity athletic sport for JWU.

Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 17,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, R.I.; North Miami, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; and Charlotte, N.C. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, education, nutrition, hospitality and technology. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 152 countries pursuing careers worldwide.

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