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Brown University to cut men’s, women’s golf

The Ivy League school will downgrade 11 varsity programs to club status and promote 2 club sports to varsity status for the 2020-21 academic year, resulting in a net loss of 9 varsity sports

11: Number of varsity sports, including men’s and women’s golf, that Brown University, an Ivy League school in Providence, R.I., demoted to club status, the school announced Thursday in a news release. In a sweeping reorganization called “The Excellence in Brown Athletics Initiative,” Brown also promoted coed sailing and women’s sailing to varsity status. The move, which the university called “a bold plan to reshape its athletics program,” will leave the school with 29 varsity sports. Before the cuts, Brown sponsored 38 varsity sports, which the school said ranked third in the nation, and totaled nearly 900 student-athletes from an undergraduate enrollment of about 7,000. According to a report by Bill Koch in the Providence Journal, only Harvard and Stanford sponsored more varsity sports. In a 10-year period ending in 2018, Brown claimed only 2.8 percent of Ivy League championships, the lowest percentage among the eight league members, the school said. Brown intends to maintain its current operating budget. Of the eight players listed on Brown's men's roster, four were seniors. The nine-player women's roster listed only one senior. According to the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, Brown's men were No. 288 at the end of the coronavirus- abbreviated spring season, and the women were No. 213.

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