The Oakland Men’s Golf Team has just completed their first trip to the NCAA tournament.
And the program’s momentum continues to grow, with the announcement this week that the university plans to build a state-of-the-art indoor training facility.
The training center, which will be located on the university’s two renowned golf courses, will cost around $ 3 million and be funded by the private sector. According to athletic director Steve Waterfield, around $ 2 million has already been raised, and the land is expected to be cleared in the spring.
“It is a game-changer for us,” said Oakland men’s golf coach Nick Pumford. âI told people this has always been the missing link for us because we have two great golf courses on campus.
âUnfortunately, it’s snowing in Michigan and we don’t really have a home in the winter.â
The facility, which will be located next to the green at Katke-Cousins ââand R&S Sharf, will be used by both the men’s and women’s programs and will measure 5,000 square feet. It will include an indoor putting and chipping green with slope and synthetic grass; changing rooms for men and women; coaching offices; a team conference room; a nutrition station; and six garage door bays with radiators, for winter practice.
Previously, Division I golf teams had to train at Carl’s Golfland in the winter.
The facility will also be equipped with TrackMan and a putting visualization system.
The facility, which has been under construction for at least six years, will help put Oakland’s resources on par with state-of-the-art golf facilities at other Division I schools in the state, such as Michigan State and Michigan. .
âThe first question rookies ask is, ‘What are you guys doing in the winter,’â Pumford said. “Right now, it’s okay to hang out at Carl’s. But it’s going to be nice to have everything centralized.”
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The Oakland women’s team, coached by Alyssa Gaudio Guss, first competed in the NCAA tournament in 2016, while the men’s team competed this year for the first time.
A private reception was recently held for donors, who were shown renderings of the facility.
Donors are, for the moment, anonymous.
Waterfield said the future facility “will be among the best indoor college golf facilities in the country.”
âI think people realize that the program is moving in the right direction,â said Pumford. “Then they also realize that to get us to that next level, that’s what it will take.”
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