ERIE—The University of Colorado and the Colorado National Golf Club will hold a groundbreaking for the George Boedecker, Jr. Golf Practice Facility here this Monday (Oct. 24) at 2:30 p.m.
The 5,700-square foot facility will feature five hitting bays big enough for two golfers to use at a time and a 2,000-square foot short game room. The facility will have two restrooms, an equipment room, a storage room and eventually feature state-of-the-art video equipment. It will be open for use by CNGC members with one bay each reserved for use solely by each the men’s and women’s golf teams.
“This facility is an important step in the process,” CU men’s golf head coach Roy Edwards said. “Our current and former players have proven that even the greatest golf dreams are possible to achieve at CU and this is another tool for our players to use to become champions.
“Absolutely nothing replaces being outside in our champion-building weather. But we feel this facility will be unique in the short game shots it offers and allows our teams to practice on the particularly poor days when the course may not be open. The hitting bays are great but the real crown jewel of this facility will be the short game room.”
Both Edwards and women’s head coach Anne Kelly will speak at the groundbreaking along with Steve Kerr, CU alum and owner of Colorado National Golf Club, George B. Boedecker, Jr., a major contributor as well as CU Athletic Director Mike Bohn and seniors Emily Talley and Kevin Kring from the golf teams.
“In addition to George and the staff at the Boedecker Foundation, there are many great boosters who have been responsible for getting this done for our student-athletes and we cannot thank them with enough generosity,” Edwards said. “Both CU and the Colorado National Golf Club will mutually benefit from this outstanding facility.”
BWS Design Group is the architect and construction will be handled by Milender White Construction. James Spehalski has served as project manager. Construction is estimated to be completed in 17 weeks.
“Make no mistake, the Pac-12 is the most competitive athletic conference in the world,” Edwards said. “Many of the current, former and future champions in golf compete or have competed in the Pac-12. You have to have so many things to be competitive with the world’s best and this facility will be an important part of that equation for us.”
Both teams will wrap up their respective fall seasons this week. The men’s team won the first two events out of the gate, first in its own Mark Simpson Invitational on Sept. 12-13 at Colorado National and then the following week at the Air Force Academy Miranda Falcon Invitational.
The women’s team opened play in Fort Collins at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, finishing second and then won the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, hosted by Washington. They are currently competing this weekend in the Mercedes-Benz SEC/Pac-12 Challenge in Knoxville, Tenn., to close out the fall season. The Buffs will host the NCAA Western Regional in May at CNGC.