Originally created 09/18/02

New coach will aid in new practice range



When Josh Gregory accepted the position of director of golf and head men's golf coach at Augusta State University, he inherited more than just a successful golf team.

He now has a golf practice facility to help design as well.

"That's something I'm very excited about," said Gregory, who helped design the practice facility at North Carolina State.

Augusta State will break ground on the practice facility after its annual tournament April 6. Athletic director Clint Bryant expects the facility to be ready by Sept. 1.

The practice facility will include a driving range, short game area and practice greens.

"It will encompass everything you would imagine in the development of someone's game," Bryant said. "It will be a good teaching facility.

"We want our practice facility to be one of the best practice facilities, not only in the Southeastern region, but in collegiate golf."

The driving range will accommodate members of the Augusta State men's and women's teams and allow for shots as long as 300 yards, Bryant said.

The school already has built two practice greens between the athletic complex and the No. 5 tee at Forest Hills Golf Club. Bryant said the school, which owns the golf club, will need more space behind the No. 4 green and to the left of the No. 5 tee and fairway for the practice facility.

"In order to build the practice facility to the specifications and the quality we want to build it, it will mean some adjustments on the existing golf course," Bryant said.

Augusta State is continuing to raise funds for a golf house, which will house offices for the men's and women's coaches, locker rooms for the men's and women's teams and lounges for both programs. Bryant said he hopes the golf house will be completed by September 2004.

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