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The Murray State Athletics Facility’s master plan is advancing for men’s racer golf both on campus and at their hometown, Miller Memorial Golf Course.
Today we take a look at the vision for the future of men’s golf in Murray State. One that maximizes player development and recruitment to keep the racers at the forefront of the Ohio Valley Conference.
The Frances E. Miller Memorial Golf Course has been home to the racers since 1983 and now there is a plan to improve the MMGC. In a building on the driving range, a more functional 300-yard driving range with indoor turning bays is being built. The exercise area will be reconfigured for better functionality. The racers are already enjoying a great locker room in the Miller Memorial Clubhouse.
Another part of this plan is already being used by the current team.
The grand opening of the Racer Golf Training Facility took place at Roy Stewart Stadium on August 28th. Through multiple donors, the $ 150,000 project provides both MSU teams with a convenient indoor facility on campus. It provides a way for students and athletes to maximize their golfing skills. The Foresight Sports system, the most comprehensive all-in-one virtual golf training in the game, is now part of the MSU program. A putting green and putting lab help players shave their strokes. With an indoor facility on campus, the racers escape the cold and wet weather that previously prevented training at the Miller Memorial Golf Course.
“We’re all excited to add the indoor facility and planned expansions at Miller,” said coach Daniel DeLuca. “All of these improvements to the Miller Memorial and campus will only bring our program to the next Level.”
“I was grateful to have this type of indoor swing analysis in my hometown,” said Walker Beck, the current sophomore racer. “Now we have it and I think it will help our team achieve the goal of winning an OVC championship. In golf, it’s the little things that can help you improve and this facility gets us.” help everyone get better. “
The improvement plan has also caught the attention of former racing drivers, including Preston French, who played from 2012-16.
“Most of the year for me was the time between the end of the fall program in October and the start of the spring season in late February,” said French, who is now part of the staff at the PGA Tour performance center at the TPC in Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra , Florida. “Spring is championship season and you want to be as ready as you can. This indoor facility is a game changer I think it will be a huge plus in recruiting future racers.”
The core of the MSU athletics master plan is the construction of an athletics performance center. All of the team locker rooms, coaching offices and staff currently working at Stewart Stadium are moving into this beautiful new building, including Racer Golf. The high performance center for athletics will have a new training room, a weight room and a team changing room. The athletic performance center that becomes the heartbeat of the athletics department.
About the master plan of the MSU athletics facility
The master plan of the facility, which was passed on to Racer Nation in August 2021, creates clarity and prepares the racers for a great future. The 14 month evaluation process was meticulous and thorough, and provides a vision for a way to achieve the greatest advancement in athletics facilities in Murray State University’s history. In consultation with the university management, architects, engineers and construction specialists, an in-depth study of each sports facility was carried out in order to determine the current load-bearing capacity, create a needs analysis and outline the scope of work for each venue. The plan is part of the larger capital campaign for Murray State University. Sports venues touched include the CFSB Center, Roy Stewart Stadium, Bennie Purcell Courts, Pat Spurgin Range, Cutchin Field, Johnny Reagan Field, Marshall Gage Track, Miller Memorial Golf Course, the Racer Arena and the Racer Field. A new Athletics Performance Center is included in the plan.