COLUMBUS, Ga. — With the cutting of the ceremonial red ribbon, the Key Golf Studio was officially opened for the Columbus State University men’s and women’s golf teams on Friday, Nov. 13.
“Today we are officially cutting the ribbon on one of the finest golf facilities at any level,” said CSU Director of Athletics Todd Reeser. “To be here today would not have been possible without a clear vision, a committed university and the generosity of many.”
The Key Golf Studio sits on 13 acres of land along University Avenue and will be the new home of the CSU golf programs. The facility features a large putting surface, two short game areas and a full hitting range to help Columbus State student-athletes develop their game. Also included is the latest in golf technology providing everything needed to hone a player’s skills.
“This facility is out of this world,” said CSU Director of Golf Mark Immelman. “We are doing things that established elite Division I programs do.”
Namesake and longtime Columbus State supporter Billy Key hit the first official shot from the practice facility in front of CSU staff, student-athletes and supporters to wrap up the day’s ceremonies.
Key, now the retired president of First National Bank of Columbus, won the Georgia State Junior Championships in 1946, 1947 and 1948. In 1947 and 1948, he also won the Southern Interscholastic Championships. In 1948, he won the Georgia Interscholastic Championship. Other big early wins for Key include the Florida Intercollegiate Championship in 1951, the Western Amateur in 1958, the Southeastern Amateur in 1962 and the Georgia Amateur in 1968. As a senior, he won the American Seniors Best-Ball Championship five times. In 1989 and 1990, he won the Society of Seniors Individual Stroke Play Championship and, in 1990, Golf Digest ranked him as the No. 2 senior golfer in the U.S.
The Key Golf Studio also features a clubhouse which includes offices, locker rooms and study areas for the two programs.
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