With generous support from donors behind it, the new Minnesota golf practice facility was officially approved Friday by the Board of Regents at its final meeting of the semester.
Largely funded by a leadership gift of $1 million by the John W. Mooty Foundation, the new facility will be named in honor of the Mooty family patriarch when construction begins this spring. It is slated to open later in 2018.
“We are excited to have the groundbreaking for this transformative facility in our sights and approval from the Board of Regents,” said head women’s golf coach Michele Redman. “The benefits to our student-athletes are numerous, and we are appreciative of the support we have received from the Mooty family and all of our donors.”
The center will provide the first dedicated indoor training space in the history of the Gopher golf programs, something other programs across the Big Ten and the nation have enjoyed for decades. Despite being the northern-most school in the conference, Minnesota is one of only a few Big Ten programs without a facility for year-round, full swing and short game training.
“I have the same appreciation for the Mooty family as Michele, I can’t thank them enough for stepping up to help make this new facility a reality,” said director of men’s golf John Carlson at the time of the Mooty family gift. “With this facility, Gopher golf will finally have a home of its own. It’s more than a practice space – though the recruiting and development benefits are huge to our programs and our state. This facility will be a place to display our history, celebrate our traditions, host alumni and so much more. We have needed this for so long. It’s exciting to see it taking shape.”
The new center will feature heated indoor hitting bays for golfers to practice full swings in all weather conditions, as well as two indoor practice greens (one for putting and one for chipping). It will also include locker rooms for both teams, offices for the coaching staffs of both teams, a lounge for students to relax, study, and bond as a team, and a Hall of Fame area to celebrate the achievements of both programs.
The new facility will be on the University’s St. Paul campus, immediately adjacent to the historic Les Bolstad Golf Course.
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