ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' golf program broke ground on the new Tommy Hale Short Game Facility on Friday afternoon on the HSU campus.
The facility will be next to the Streich Tennis Center and will feature 8,500 and 10,000-square foot putting greens, three sand bunkers, a chipping area and a maintenance building for equipment.
The facility is being named after former Cowboy golfer Tommy Hale and is slated to open in the fall of 2018. More than $296,000 has been raised for the project.
"This will be the first of its kind in Division III in the state of Texas and will help impact the HSU golf program immensely," said HSU director of athletics John Neese. "It will benefit not only the HSU golf program but will be available for HSU students, faculty and staff."
"We are thankful for our donors that have made this project a reality in a very short time frame."
Mary Ann Hale, the widow of Tommy, and his daughter Mary Tom Hoover were on hand for the groundbreaking along with several other former HSU coaches and players as well as the current team.
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