Wednesday, May 12, 2004
An artist's rendering of the front of the Jerry Pate Golf Center
An artist's rendering of the back of the Jerry Pate Golf Center
A diagram of the interior of the Jerry Pate Golf Center
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Workers have broken ground and construction has begun on the Jerry Pate Golf Center, a home facility for the University of Alabama golf teams at Ol’ Colony Club in Tuscaloosa. Completion of the project is expected in the fall. Ol’ Colony is a public course designed by Pate, a current PGA Champions Tour player who played golf for the Crimson Tide, won the 1975 U.S. Amateur and then went on to a very successful PGA career. Alabama’s golf team will have their own locker rooms and coaches’ offices at the Jerry Pate Golf Center. The Tide’s home course also includes the teams’ very own driving range and putting greens.
The facility will be a powerful tool in recruiting the country’s best golfers to the University of Alabama.
“We’re excited about this project,” said University of Alabama head men’s golf coach Jay Seawell. “It will upgrade the golf facilities of our program to the best in conference and among the best in the country. And in turn, it will enable us to recruit the best golfers around the world. It’s going to be a facility that the University and the Tuscaloosa community will take pride in.”
University of Alabama women’s head golf coach Betty Palmer, an Alabama graduate who played collegiately for the Crimson Tide, believes the facility and its amenities will show in many areas of Alabama’s golfers play. The close proximity to campus, she points out, is also a plus for the student-athletes.
“One of the nice things this facility offers is that it is a top-notch place to practice and to improve ourselves,” said Palmer whose team advanced to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships again this season. “It gives us the opportunity to practice our short game right there. Being able to have offices at our home course and being so close to campus is also a big plus. We compete against SEC schools that have facilities at the school, so this will allow us the same convenience. We are excited to have this new facility that we can call home. It’s going to be one of the best in the country, and it will allow us to get the job done.”