Georgetown College already has a unique partnership with the Professional Golfers Association – thanks in large part to our strong ties with The First Tee organization. So, it would make sense that GC would be the “pilot” school for a putting green that hopefully would put a putter in every student’s hands.
“The PGA wants to grow the sport by exposing young people to golf, so I went to them with the idea of a putting green on campus,” said President Bill Crouch at Thursday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. “They want us to be the model for colleges and universities around the country and to put this into our intramural program.”
The 400-square-foot, six-hole green has already seen some good use as students wound down during finals week.
More than 100 – members of the Georgetown-Scott County Chamber of Commerce, faculty and staff, and students who were still around – came out for the May 13 event. The synthetic surface is situated close to Pawling Hall and behind Davis-Reid Alumni Gym and the George H.W. Bush Center for Fitness.
Balls and putters may be checked out from the fitness center, which is named for the former President (Bush-41) and Honorary Chairman of The First Tee. He agreed to having his name on the building because of our commitment to a First Tee Scholars program – the first at the college level.
Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation gave the College a $25,000 challenge grant toward our PGA/First Tee Scholars Putting Green. The foundation shares a lot of the same goals and values of The First Tee, which teaches leadership and lifetime skills to middle and high school students.
So, President Crouch, a TFT board member and passionate golfer, easily found five fellow board members to match that amount – plus kick in a bit more for the final $60,000 figure.