- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The University of North Dakota is reinstating its men’s golf program.

The school in April announced it was cutting men’s golf and baseball from its athletic offerings due to state budget cuts. Officials in June said the golf program would be spared if it could raise enough money by Aug. 30.

Athletic Director Brian Faison said Wednesday that the program secured the necessary $144,400 in funding for the fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

Coach Tim Swanson says team members are looking forward to getting back on the course.

The funding plan approved in June also called for an endowment to sustain the golf program beyond 2018. The school and its alumni association will establish the dollar amount needed, and the fund will need to be capitalized by June 2018.

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