Plans for the sale of UND's Ray Richards Golf Course were delayed Tuesday over concerns about what the current framework of the potential sale looks like.
The nine-hole golf course, named after a UND alumnus who died in 1972, was shut down in November 2016. The land was a farm that was donated to the university in 1962 with an understanding that it be used as a golf course named after Richards.
The ability to sell of the course was approved by the state Legislature during the last session, but the sale has to be approved by the State Board of Higher Education.
The sale was up for recommendation before the board's Budget and Finance Committee on Tuesday, but the matter was tabled until the next meeting in August.
The UND men's golf program was initially cut in 2016 but has operated the past two years off of private funding.
The money from the sale of the course was to go to an endowment for the team.
UND has estimated establishing an endowment for men's golf would cost about $4.1 million to cover its annual $125,000-$150,000 operating costs.
Nick Hacker, chairman of the committee, said that he had received an email from members of the Richards family.
"I've had a lot of feedback on this one," Hacker told the committee. "It really stems from the original donor's family stating that they did not support what the current framework looked like and agreements with the University of North Dakota as it relates to the $4.1 million and change."
Hacker said he did not feel it was his responsibility as board member to get in between discussions between donors, donor intent, foundations and what the institutions do when selling property.
Hacker requested that a letter of support be presented to the committee by the Richards family. He said he believed there was some form of an agreement between the university and the family about the sale, but one point of contention was how the endowment would work.
University officials expressed concerns that the university may not be able to restrict the endowment the way it has been requested by the family, as well as making it a permanent fund and sought clarity from the state on the matter.
Peter Johnson, UND spokesman, said the university "will work with the Budget and Finance Committee to respond to whatever questions they have."
Questions were also raised about whether it was right to require sales to be approved by the person who made the donation or his family.
The matter was tabled to allow for further discussion and clarification for the committee and the university.