CLAREMONT, Calif. – Phase 1 of the new golf practice facility that the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athena and Stag golf programs will use on the campus of Claremont McKenna College is now complete. Going forward, the facility will also be an asset to the physical education program. CMS Athletics and the CMS golf teams would like to thank the generous support of the donors, parents, and alumni in making this project a reality. Both the Stags and Athenas had the opportunity to use the new facility for the first time on Friday, April 28.
“Thank you. We are so appreciative to the people that worked on this project and getting the donations for this facility,” women’s golf head coach Jodie Burton said. “It makes our golf programs feel very special.”
Stags’ head coach Bim Jollymour added, “Without their [golf supporters] help, this never would have happened.”
Located on the Smith and Marks Tennis Courts that are no longer used by the CMS tennis teams, the golf facility includes six hitting cages, a bunker and a putting green. When Empire Lakes Golf Course in Ranch Cucamonga closed last year, CMS lost its home course. Discussions about adding an on-campus golf practice area had been underway for sometime, however the closure of Empire Lakes Golf Course created a more immediate need since the CMS golf teams were forced to spend valuable practice time regularly commuting to a course farther away.
CMS worked with Claremont McKenna College’s Facilities and Campus Services department to complete the first phase of the project. Additions to the golf facility are planned for the future and include a TrackMan shot monitor to analyze the golfers swings, and another hitting area to practice short iron shots.
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