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TMC golf gets 1-year NAIA ban

Posted: August 4, 2013 9:58 p.m.
Updated: August 4, 2013 9:58 p.m.
 

The Master’s College’s successful men’s golf team will not be able to compete for a national championship this coming season.

The recently thriving golf team qualified this past spring for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national championships, but didn’t participate due to self-imposed penalties, according to TMC athletic director Steve Waldeck.

Because of the fact that TMC qualified and then backed out, per NAIA bylaw, that constitutes a one-year ban from the national championship for the following season.

“We’ll do everything we did before, we just won’t be able to qualify nationally in the championship tournament,” Waldeck said.

The reason TMC backed out of the championship, Waldeck said, was because the school took disciplinary action on players on the golf team for undisclosed reasons.

“There were some violations of our internal athletic code of conduct,” he said.

Since these violations occurred after the golf team had already qualified for the NAIA finals, the school chose to prevent the team from competing in the event at Creekside Golf Club in Salem, Ore.

It would have been TMC’s seventh appearance in an NAIA final and its second in a row.

The team became eligible for the event by winning an NAIA Regional in Monroe, Ore. on April 16.

Article I, Section L of the NAIA official handbook stipulates, “Should an institution declare its intent to participate in a national championship program in championship sports, it must honor that commitment if the team in that sport meets the qualification standards established and is selected by the appropriate affiliated conference.”

Though Waldeck didn’t delve into the specifics of the violations, he said, “It was us being true to our standards and what we ask of our student athletes and those were the repercussions of that.”

He also added that TMC appealed the NAIA’s ruling to ban it from the 2014 championship, though that appeal was denied in mid-July.

Remaining on the team are four seniors this season, including former NAIA All-American Thane Ringler.

TMC begins competition at The Mid-South Invitational in Newton, Kan. on Sept. 9-10.

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