LOS ANGELES, Calif — College golf is not a sport that's typically played or even practiced on campus.
But thanks to the generosity of alumni Andrew Rubin, Andrew and Stephanie Pongracz, Peter and Shira Wright and Ben and Ashley Phelps, the Occidental men's and women's golf programs will have a leg up on their competition with a new, cutting-edge, on-campus practice area.
The Tigers completed installation of the Andrew E. Rubin Practice Facility and Pongracz and Wright Families Putting Green this week. The 2,500 square-foot facility hosts a 1,000 square-foot putting green, a chipping area and two hitting bays. It is located behind Rush Gymnasium, next to the outdoor basketball court.
"This is the perfect time for this project," Oxy athletic director Jaime Hoffman said. "Our mantra for the pool and tennis projects has been, 'Bring Our Athletes Home,' and this gives our golfers an on-campus home. We have invested alumni, and for that, we are all very grateful."
The area was designed so that the Tigers could practice every type of short-game shot. There will also be an additional digital computer system feature put into the hitting bays, allowing the golfers to replicate a full practice on campus.
Oxy will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially unveil the new facility on April 18 at 4 p.m.
"Our new on-campus practice facility shows the College's commitment to growing our golf program," Oxy head coach Andrew Larkin said. "It will be a huge advantage for our players as the only SCIAC school with a facility like this on campus and one of just a handful of NCAA Division III schools. We are proud to be able to give our players a true home to practice on our campus."