Men's Golf News & Highlights
December 10, 2012
Golf to Have Gough Hall Facility
ST. DAVIDS, Pa.--Eastern Athletics announced the construction of a new indoor golf practice facility on Friday.
The facility will occupy the former fitness room on the first floor of Gough Hall. Expected to be be completed by Feb. 1, 2013, the indoor golf room will feature wall-to-wall turf, an undulated putting green, a chipping area, golf club lockers and two simulators.
Athletic director Brad Fields described the project as a shared vision with a generous donor to help move the men's and women's golf programs forward. He said that the golf teams have perhaps the biggest facility challenge since there is no course on campus to practice on. This indoor area will allow for members of the golf teams to practice even when the conditions outdoors are not favorable.
"It's really practical," said Nate Davis, head coach of Eastern Women's Golf. "Someone living in Gough can walk down in their shorts and t-shirt, never go outside on a cold winter day, and still hit 500 balls, and walk back up to their room."
Fields added that students not on the golf team will also have times available to use the practice course.
Associate athletic director David Jones, an avid golfer, described the facility as having a seamless, realistic putting green with a stimpmeter measurement of 10.4. The two Foresight simulator bays allow golfers to hit a ball towards a net and have their hit analyzed. The golfer can look at a television screen to see the results of the swing. "You'll be able to see your ball flight, your club type, your club head speed, your ball rotation, distance . . . you'll be able to see every aspect of that hit like you're at an outdoor driving range."
Head coaches Nate Davis and Mark Birtwistle were enthusiastic about the amount of feedback the simulators can store and email to them. They note that it keeps their players accountable and also gives them valuable data to use during a match. "When we're on a golf course sitting at 125 yards and a player asks, 'what club should I use', I can say use your 7-iron here, you've been hitting that consistently," Coach Davis said. "I can give better advice because I have a better idea of how they've been hitting."
Coach Birtwistle emphasized the ability for players to master their short game inside. "The mental part of the game is what it's all about," he said. "With the ability to focus on the short game more, they're going to have confidence when they get on the course."
GoEasternEagles.com will provide updates on the construction of this project, including a video of the facility in action as it opens.
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Updated: Thursday, 24 January 2013