GREENVILLE - Furman University announced Tuesday that it was not going to discontinue the men's golf program thanks to the efforts of supporters to provide short-term operating funds and establish an endowment for the program.

In a news release on the school's athletic website, Furman Interim President Carl Kohrt said the plan provides the necessary financial support to sustain the men's golf program at a highly competitive level while allowing the University to retain the cost reductions realized by the board's original decision.

Professional golfer Brad Faxon, a former All-American at Furman, said the university and the alumni group worked hard to find a solution that benefitted everybody.

"We are all proud alums of the Furman golf program, and none of us wanted to see it discontinued," Faxon said. "So we talked with university officials, and discussed what we could do to bring the program back. Furman has a very dedicated group of men's golf alumni, and we had numerous people step up and make some very generous contributions that provided the kind of financial support the university needed. The outpouring of support from Furman alumni and the golf community has been amazing."

The school's Board of Trustees voted Feb. 7 to discontinue men's golf after this season as a budget-saving measure.