By Matthew Hamill
Assistant Sports Director
Both Texas State Golf Teams finally have a facility they can call home thanks to the grand opening of The Jim and Carol West Golf Practice Facility at Plum Creek Golf Club.
Plum Creek Golf Club, located in Kyle, is known as the home of Texas State Golf and has served as a practice facility for both golf teams for many years.
One major hindrance for Texas State Golf has been finding a suitable home for practice; for years, both teams have driven all across Central Texas to practice at various courses. When property became available at Plum Creek, the Texas State Athletic department saw an opportunity to fix that hindrance.
The practice facility is equipped with two state of the art indoor hitting bays, equipped with video and radar technology which will allow players to study their swing and tendencies. Anthony McGeorge, Junior Men’s Team member, said the facility had everything he and the team could ever need.
As for how the facility came to be, Texas State Alumnus Jim West said that it is not only easy to give back to his alma-mater but also fun.
“I embrace the Texas State name,” said West, “and it is easy to do things for Texas State because it is such great university and we have places to go and things like this will help us to get to the goals that we’re looking for.”
A few years ago, West said he was presented with the idea of a home practice facility by both women’s coach Mike Akers and men’s coach Shane Howell. West believed the project was worthwhile and knew it would give them the ability to compete for better recruits.
“So it was a great idea and here we are today. Looks beautiful,” said West.
West said that the facility will immediately influence the the golf program. The features and technology allow the teams to compete at a higher level in terms of recruiting top golfers and honing the skills of the players. West added that the practice facility shows Texas State’s commitment to golf.
West hopes that the facility will have a significant long term impact as well.
“Where I hope that it goes and long term is that we have some National Championship teams as we’ve had in the past,” said West, “…and bring home some trophies and some great recognition for Texas State.”
Head Women’s Coach Mike Akers said that he and coach Howell have been trying to find a suitable home for Texas State to practice for nearly 10 years. Texas State inquired with Plum Creek about a partnership and they accepted. After that, Coach Akers and Howell met with Jim West to secure the primary investment needed to make the dream a reality.
Plum Creek Golf Club is a short distance North of Texas State. However, Akers said that the short trip will pay dividends for the golf program.
“But to have a place where they can go anytime they want, they can practice, they can look at their swing, they can put, they can chip, they can do anything they want and not get interrupted is going to be huge,” said Akers.
With Golf’s Spring Season right around the corner, the Bobcats will be more prepared to compete than ever before. All the hard work will be done in a facility that both golf teams can call home.
*Notes for track man picture. It shows “Club-face”, the spin rate of the ball, distance traveled