CSU Honors Pair of Golf Program Supporters

COLUMBUS, Ga. - A former coach and a longtime booster of Columbus State University's golf program will be honored at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, when two new facilities are dedicated at Bull Creek Golf Course.

The Richard M. Olnick Golf Studio and the Hugh Royer Jr. Hitting Bay will serve as practice and learning facilities for CSU's golf team.

The hitting bay is made possible through a gift from friends of the university.

'Something like this has been our goal for a long time. Now it is a reality,' said CSU golf coach Mark Immelman. 'These facilities help underpin our commitment to being leaders on the course and in the classroom and will serve as benchmarks for the future.'

Royer, a 1989 Georgia Golf Hall of Fame inductee, won the Georgia State Amateur and Southern Amateur tournaments before turning professional in 1959. In his first pro event, he won the St. Charles Open and went on to capture the 1970 Western Open, one of the most prestigious non-major tournaments in men's professional golf. He also won the 1963 and 1964 Georgia PGA championships, the Georgia Open and the Georgia Senior Open.

After competing on the PGA tour, Royer served as a coach for Columbus State's golf program and helped guide the Cougars to five NCAA Division II titles between 1978 and 1994.

He also served as head golf professional at Bull Creek Golf Club and as president of the Georgia PGA.

Richard Olnick had a lifelong passion for golf and for the CSU program, which has won six national golf titles overall. 'He loved the game and was a huge supporter of CSU and my career,' said Immelman. 'Richard wanted to see us succeed. He wanted the very best for CSU and the golf program. Both of these new facilities will certainly help accomplish that goal.'

'We're grateful for the commitment of both of these men,' Immelman said. 'Their lives, their gifts and their time have left a legacy that has made the university a much better place. They have helped establish a new foundation upon which we will be able to establish a golf program that is second to none.'