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CSU breaks ground on world-class golf studio

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Ground was broken on the site of the new Columbus State golf studio early Monday morning.

Larry Mize, 1987 Masters champion and father to current Cougar golfer Robert Mize, was on hand, as was head coach Mark Immelman and former local amateur champion and namesake to the facility, Billy Key.

The studio is being built on 13 acres of land across University Avenue from CSU’s main campus. It will contain a driving range, putting green, and state-of-the-art short game facility, making it one of the premiere—if not the most technologically advanced—facilities in all of NCAA Division II.

“I don’t think there are many, if there are any, so this will really set us apart,” said Mize, who is helping design the studio. “Universities will now be chasing CSU to try to keep up with us, and that’s what we want to happen.”

“For us to be a Division II program and to have a state-of-the-art, world-class golf studio and a teaching center where the kids can work, it’s an incredible experience for the student-athlete,” Immelman said.

Mize said the closeness of the facility to campus makes practice and preparation easier.

“They can really hone their game, whether they’re just playing college golf or they want to go on and make a professional career out of it,” he said. “It’s going to be a tremendous asset to really bring the best in the country to Columbus State University.”

For Immelman and women’s coach Brian Padgett, the facility is a huge recruiting chip.

“It’ll just be a recruiting tool, bar none, to bring young men and women into this place,” Immelman said. “It’ll be an incredible thing. I can’t imagine if I was a young person walking in and seeing this. It will make Columbus State all the more attractive to me.”

Mize said the goal is for construction to begin soon, with players “hitting on the driving range in September.”

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