Longwood Golf introduces new state-of-the-art training facility
07/26/2021 1:00 p.m.
FARMVILLE, Virginia – Made possible by the generosity of Deborah Mihm Crit ’82 and K. Scott Crit ’81 Longwood’s men’s and women’s golf programs now have a new state-of-the-art indoor training facility on campus.
A year-long project, the training center is a bit outside Tabb Hall at the north end of Longwood’s campus in a facility refurbished with a $ 34,000 gift from the Critzers.
Housed in the Longwood Golf Performance Center is a TrackMan 4 golf simulator and batting cage that provides real-time feedback on swing data and unlimited access to virtual golf courses and training programs for Longwood golf students.
“Longwood laid the foundation for our successful careers,” said Scott and Deborah Critwho inaugurated the facility in May together with men’s head coach Kevin Fillman, Women head coach Brittany Dabule, and members of both golf teams.
“We have decided to give better than fund the new Golf Performance Center. The new facility will provide both men’s and women’s golf teams with real-time technology-based swing data feedback and a 24-7 practice location to keep up with the schedules to meet the student athletes. We are honored to support our Lancer colleagues, they only deserve the best. “
That TrackMan Golf simulator is widely regarded as the standard for virtual golf training systems. Using dual radar technology, the system instantly analyzes multiple components of each swing – including club speed, club path, face angle, loft, ball speed, spin rate, and more – to simulate the landing position of a ball with an accuracy of 18 inches. The system provides real-time swing analysis for a player’s short and long game, as well as training logs focused on specific aspects of the game.
Longwood Athletics Director Michelle Meadows said, “On behalf of our undergraduate golf athletes, the Athletics Department, and Longwood University as a whole, we thank you Doodles for helping our golf student athletes make this dream come true.
“As a direct result of your generosity, our men’s and women’s golf teams now have access to training facilities that can compete with anyone at college. Your support from Longwood Golf provides an instant improvement in the student-athlete experience that will last for decades . ” come.”
The facility offers space to practice all aspects of the game of golf, from putting to driving and everything in between. That TrackMan provides access to more than 100 virtual courses from around the world, including famous venues like Pebble Beach, PGA National and St. Andrew’s.
“The Performance Center allows us to do the things our golf team has to do when the outside conditions don’t allow it,” said Fillman, which led the Longwood Men to a tie for first place in last season’s Big South Championship Stroke Play round. “That’s the biggest advantage it gives us. In bad weather, we can hit both punches and putts and at the same time see the numbers that we use to improve the game.”
“Our entire team is grateful to the Critzers for helping fund the facility. I met Scott and Debbie shortly after I arrived 24 years ago, and they have been extremely supportive of our program and efforts.” Your generosity has always been amazing and much appreciated. “
Longwood Women’s Head Coach added Dabule, “I want to thank that Doodles for your generous donation, which laid the foundation stone for our Golf Performance Center. The GPC was a tremendous addition to our golf programs for men and women. Our teams have 24/7 access to a high-end training system and the opportunity to further improve their skills in bad weather. It also gives our players a place to relax and connect with their teammates and it adds a lot to their student-athlete experience at Longwood. “
Longwood Golf Performance Center will fuel the growth of Longwood’s men’s and women’s golf programs that shone in the postseason in 2021. On the men’s side, the Lancers tied for first place and best third place in the tournament program, while Senior Brandon Weaver tied for second place in stroke play, a program record. With women, both are Diana Domenech and Emma Landis shone at the Big South Women’s Golf Championship, making this year’s tournament for the third year in a row with two women golfers finishing in the top 25.