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Thursday, June 20, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The chainsaws have been cranked up and earth movers are rolling for construction of a state-of-the-art, short-game facility for the Lipscomb men’s and women’s golf team at Nashville Golf and Athletic Club in nearby Brentwood.
The project was recently approved by the Brentwood City Planning Commission and construction on the two-plus acre facility has begun this week. Included will be a pair of practice greens, bunkers, chipping and pitching areas along with a large practice tee.
"This new short game facility is one the key missing pieces for Lipscomb golf as we look to elevate our program within the ranks of NCAA Division I,” said Lipscomb director of athletics Philip Hutcheson. “Lipscomb has always been able to promote a Christian environment, a top-notch academic experience and a campus located in a beautiful neighborhood in one of the most dynamic cities in the U.S.
“We've committed to raising the standard with our coaching and are recruiting more aggressively than ever before. The main thing we were missing was a facility that would allow us to practice and improve in the area that allows for the most improvement at the collegiate level and beyond - and that's the short game. This partnership with Nashville Golf and Athletic Club, one of the most challenging courses in middle Tennessee, immediately puts us in a position to compete for recruits and championships within our conference and beyond.”
Fresh off his first year at the helm of the Lipscomb men’s golf program, Will Brewer was quick to add his enthusiasm about the project.
“We are really excited about starting the construction of the project providing both the men’s and women’s programs a specific area to further develop scoring skills,” said Brewer. “This facility will benchmark ‘Lipscomb Golf’ branding efforts and will continue to demonstrate Lipscomb University’s commitment to excellence.”
The project was aided by a number of gifts that made the dream become reality.
“Coach Brewer, and the golf council he has assembled has done a fantastic job of leading the charge in communication and fundraising and we're looking forward to seeing the payoff in years to come as Lipscomb competes for conference championships and NCAA appearances,”said Hutcheson.
Plans are for the new training aides to be grown-in and conditioned for the teams to begin practice in early fall.