March 29, 2006
Los Angeles, CA (Mar. 29) -- Fourth-year Head Coach Alex Galvan had a vision for the Loyola Marymount University men's golf program. Through 30 years of dedication by former Head Coach Thomas Higgins, S.J., that vision was formed. Thanks to that vision and private donations, the two of them welcomed golf back to the campus of LMU as the Thomas Higgins Short Game Center was dedicated on Sunday, Mar. 26.
The state-of-art facility is the first of its kind on the campus of the West Coast Conference schools, giving the Lions an opportunity to work out on their own practice facility right at home. The dedication ceremony officially welcomed the facility to LMU.
The ceremony was attended by the LMU golf teams of past and present. Alums, including those who gave the donations possible for the facility.
The facility includes a putting green, two bunkers and a driving cage built on the east side of the athletics grounds on the Westchester campus. The facility is named in honor for Higgins, who was the head coach of the golf program for 30 years.
The total area of the putting green is around 5,900 square feet of synthetic turf and includes a first cut fringe and rough. The putting surface is more than 2,800 square feet of polypropylene fibers and 1.25 inches in height. The first cut fringe is around 600 square feet and will be 1.75 inches in height. The final cut of rough is more than 2,000 square feet at two inches in height. Nine different cups with pins and flags are installed into the putting surface.
The two bunkers surround the green on the northeast side. The larger of the two bunkers will measure around 14-feet by 20-feet with the other around 10-feet by 18-feet.