Southern Utah University and Cedar City announced plans to build a new golf facility called the John L. Evans Golf Center on Cedar Ridge Golf Course.
“SUU Athletics is immensely grateful to Jon Christy for his generous gift that laid the foundation for providing facilities for our men’s and women’s golf teams,” said Debbie Corum, SUU Director of Athletics. “As soon as this project is completed, both teams will have a place to leave their equipment and uniforms and with the simulator they will have a place to practice in bad weather.
“This facility will have a positive impact on the daily lives of the men and women on these teams, while also providing another space for the Cedar City community to host events,” Corum continued. “This is a win, a win, a win and we look forward to (SUU golf coach Richard Church) completing this much-needed project.”
The facility is named after John Evans, a current volunteer assistant coach and former head coach of the Thunderbird golf programs.
Evans coached the Thunderbirds for nine years, trained at Cedar High School for ten years, and was the golf director of Cedar Ridge Golf Course for 30 years.
The planned two-story, 5,000 square meter facility would be built on the west side of the current driving range in Cedar Ridge. The building would serve both the men’s and women’s golf programs in southern Utah and the Cedar City community.
Separate changing rooms for both programs, offices for coaches and a covered driving range / putting green are planned on the main level of the building.
The center will also host the Jonathon L. Christy Golf Simulator, a golf simulator that will allow teams to train in Cedar City over the winter while also giving them access to analysis of their swings.
Jon Christy, who received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in southern Utah in 1985, has since been a supporter of southern Utah University and southern Utah golf.
“We’re excited to have the new John L. Evans Golf Center here at Cedar Ridge Golf Course,” said Jared Barnes, Cedar Ridge professional golfer. “It will be an enormous enrichment for both SUU and our facility. We have always had a great relationship with the Southern Utah Golf Program and look forward to working with us on this project. “
The plan is for the facility to be built by Cedar City, with Southern Utah University renting the building for use by the sports department. Funding for the building would come from various donors from Southern Utah University Golf.
Construction for the John L. Evans Golf Center is slated to break ground after completing a $ 700,000 capital campaign. More than half of the funds have already been collected.