Originally created 11/06/01

Funding for Jaguars' golf facility nears $500,000



Jay Seawell's mission is nearly halfway complete.

The Augusta State director of golf and men's golf coach has raised almost $500,000 for a proposed $1 million, 7,000-square-foot golf house that will include a state-of-the-art practice facility.

The house will have a gathering room, grand foyer and offices for Seawell and women's golf coach Shannon Hanson. Locker rooms, bathrooms and club storage rooms for the men's and women's teams also will be in the facility. There will be a front porch and a players' deck on the back.

"We want to do this thing first class," Seawell said. "If you're going to do something of this magnitude, you're going to want it to be the best facility in the United States. We're not going to spare quality."

Augusta State will hold a fund-raiser at 5 p.m. Nov. 13 at Forest Hills Golf Club. Seawell will present plans about the golf house and answer questions.

"Friends that have already donated are going to bring friends who may be interested," he said. "We're going to try and reach this goal by the end of the year.

"The fall is the end of the fiscal year for some people. They'll know how much money they need to do some things with from a tax benefit."

A Division II school playing golf in Division I, Augusta State gets little help with its budget.

So, Seawell is trying to get community members to donate $1 million for a practice facility that can also be used as a recruiting tool. Seawell said there is no firm deadline for raising the money and that construction will not begin until the goal is met.

"I think we're going to try and achieve our goal first," he said. "We're confident we're going to achieve our goal. We're not really thinking about what we might scale down to do it."

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 868-1222.