Farrell quits as MSU men’s golf coach

Chipper Farrell resigned from his position as men’s golf coach at Minot State University on June 27.

Farrell, 65, said he quit during a budget meeting when a proposal he considered “reasonable” was rejected. The men’s and women’s golf programs are also being asked to fundraise $24,000 this year – more than twice their target range in previous years.

“I just decided they weren’t going to make us competitive,” said Farrell, an MSU?graduate. “They were kind of cutting all the support out. At my age, I didn’t want to be a part of that.”

With the Beavers’ 2012 move to NCAA Division II and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – which is broader geographically than the Dakota Athletic Conference – Farrell said the program needed more money for travel and to compete with the top NSIC teams.

Before taking over at MSU, Farrell was a longtime coach at Minot High School. He is a member of the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the National High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the North Dakota Golf Association Hall of Fame.

The MSU men’s golf team returns rising senior Kowan O’Keefe, who won the NSIC tournament last season and was named the conference’s golfer of the year.

MSU Athletic Director Rick Hedberg didn’t return a message seeking comment Wednesday night.

– Daily News Staff