On Saturday, I attended the grand opening of the University of Washington’s brand spanking new Husky Golf Center in Hec-Ed Pavillion. Men’s coach Matt Thurmond and Women’s coach Mary Lou Mulflur did the honors, cutting the ribbon and welcoming everyone to the new facilities.
As expected, it’s nothing short than state of the art. There are two hitting stations with cameras that capture and replay your swing on big screens, a large putting area that also comes equipped with cameras to show your stroke, loft and lie bending machines, a gripping station, among other features. Upstairs the clubhouse has a lounge with a flatscreen TV, wireless internet (!!!), meeting room, kitchen and lockers. Pretty cool, wouldn’t you say? This and this might take the cake though!
The guys from the Men’s Team were kind enough to give me a tour of the center before the festivities began. Stay tuned for the video over the next few days.
Anyway, in the photo above, we have from left to right: Dylan Goodwin, Tze Huang Choo, Jens Bracht, Nick Taylor, Kevin Spooner, Chris Killmer, Me, Ty Chambers and Darren Wallace. (Richard Lee is MIA because he’s in New York playing in the U.S. Open sectional qualifier.) How cute are they? And they’re exceptional golfers.
This season, the Huskies won the Pac-10 Championship, placed second at NCAA Central Regional and finished T3 at NCAA Championships. They lost in the quarterfinals in the match-play portion of the NCAA Tournament. However, the team still ended the year ranked fourth in the country. Not to mention, they aren’t losing a single player next season. I smell a national title for the Huskies in 2010!
In related news, Nick was named to the Division I All-America First Team. I wouldn’t be surprised if one or two others receive Second/Third Team honors – which should be announced today.
I have a feeling that we’ll be watching a couple of them on the PGA Tour in the upcoming years! Mark my words.