University of the Pacific Athletics has named its new state-of-the-art golf practice facility in recognition of a generous gift from the program's long-time supporter, Walter Chang '82. The facility is being constructed over two phases at The Reserve at Spanos Park.
"Since the first day I met Walter his support and passion for Tiger Golf has been unsurpassed. The Walter Chang Golf and Learning Center will help current athletes sharpen their golf game as well as help in the recruiting of future Tigers," said John Cook, head coach of Pacific Men's Golf. "I am looking forward to working with Walter to continue building our program into one of the best in the country."
Phase I of construction, which was recently completed, features a short game practice area that includes three chipping greens and a newly renovated putting area named the Dr. Glen Albaugh Short Game Area in honor of the former Tiger coach. Phase II will include a clubhouse with covered hitting bays and top of the line swing analysis technology, team locker rooms, a coach's office, and players' lounge and meeting room.
"This new facility will attract higher caliber players not only from Northern California, but throughout the country," said Chang, who earned his bachelor's degree at Pacific's Eberhardt School of Business. "The short game area and high-tech video analysis will be one of the best in the Central Valley. The indoor driving range means that the team can practice all year long without any interruptions due to poor weather. This facility, combined with the educational excellence provided by the university, will benefit the present and future student athletes greatly."
Chang first expressed interest in supporting the Pacific Men's Golf program through former head coach Ted Ballmer and has remained heavily involved for the past 12 years, with Brandon Goethals and now John Cook. Since graduating, Chang has also been involved in a number of Pacific organizations, including the Pacific Alumni Association Board of Directors, Omega Phi Alpha/Delta Upsilon fraternity, various committees within the Eberhardt School of Business and has served as a booster and supporter of Pacific Rowing.
"Walter has been amazing to work with through this entire process of planning for this facility. His steadfast support of our men's golf program has been unmatched," said Tim Dickson, executive associate director of athletics for development. "He has a clear vision for where he wants to see the program go and has stepped up in a major way to make it happen. This facility will be his legacy gift to Pacific, which could not be more appropriate."
"For the last 12 years or so I've had the passion and been in pursuit of a championship team. In order to do so I've always thought a first class practice facility is absolutely necessary and is one of the key ingredients in becoming a nationally recognized Division I collegiate program in the country," stated Chang.
Chang added, "I am confident and excited we have the right coaching staff in place to get Pacific Golf to the next level. I look forward in working with them and with the athletic department in order to accomplish this."
With construction on the center aleady underway, the team is now one step closer to realizing that goal.
About Pacific Athletics
Pacific's nationally ranked student-athletes participate in 16 NCAA Division I sports while receiving a superior education. The university competes in the West Coast Conference, America East Conference (field hockey), Golden Coast Conference (men's and women's water polo) and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (men's and women's swimming). For more information, visit: www.pacifictigers.com.
About University of the Pacific
Founded in 1851 as the first chartered institution of higher education in California, University of the Pacific prepares students for professional and personal success through rigorous academics, small classes, and a supportive and engaging culture. Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful private university campuses in the West, the Stockton Campus offers more than 80 areas of study in nine schools and colleges, including 25 graduate programs and 10 accelerated programs. The university's distinctive Northern California footprint also includes its San Francisco Campus, home to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and graduate programs in health, food and technology fields, and Sacramento Campus, home to the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and graduate programs in health, education, business, public policy and data science. For more information, visit www.pacific.edu.
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