SHARON, Pa. — Dating back to Frank Buhl establishing a course in the Shenango Valley in the early 1900s, golf is engrained in the Shenango Valley’s history. Thanks to community and alumni support, Penn State Shenango is reinstating a coed golf team, beginning in the fall 2022 semester.
The Shenango campus participated in the Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio’s “PA-OH Gives” campaign in June. Giving week is a chance for local community organizations to fundraise and earn a matching donation from the foundation. Shenango did just that, participating in the week-long fundraiser to start a golf program.
Director of Development and Alumni Relations Ty Cole said, “We’re extremely grateful for the foundation’s support and for allowing us to be a part of giving week. The foundation continues to prove - through events like this - that philanthropy is alive and thriving in the area. They are leading the charge.” Cole added, “We were absolutely blown away by the support. It proves the community wants to see the campus succeed and build around our success.”
Shenango’s goal to start the golf program was $6,000. Through community members, alumni, employees, and the foundation’s matching dollars, the Shenango campus was able to raise a total of $12,778 from 28 donors, more than doubling the goal. The Community Foundation raised a total of $1,273,301 through giving week.
“When I started at Shenango, it became clear that the community has a strong golf culture,” said Athletic Director Amanda Howett. "With more than five courses in a 15-minute radius and increased student requests, it made a lot of sense for us to add golf as the next sport."
Shenango Athletics has expanded rapidly since its rebirth in 2018, starting with men’s basketball. Since then, the campus has added women’s volleyball, women’s basketball, and golf is the next expansion.