There is no doubt that Phil Mickelson has the best short-game on Tour. Well, now he’s helping his alma mater produce more short-game wizards to college golf, and eventually, the Tour.
Mickelson’s design team and ASU’s two head golf coaches, Matt Thurmond and Missy Farr-Kaye, are creating a new practice facility at Papago Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona.
“This short-game facility is going to be the single greatest short-game facility in the country. It’s not going to be the biggest, it’s not going to be the most aesthetically beautiful. It’s going to be the most functional.”
During Mickelson’s four years at ASU, he won the NCAA individual championship three times, captured the 1990 U.S. Amateur, and even won a PGA Tour title, the 1991 Northern Telecom Open in nearby Tucson. He also lead the Sun Devils to their first NCAA team championship in 1990.
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ASU signed a 30 year agreement with Papago, according to Golfweek, ensuring the facility will be around for a while. The practice facility will feature 6,750 square feet of indoor facilities and 2,400 square feet of covered outdoor space in addition to the short-game area and a driving range.
College athletics are a huge selling point for admissions and they usually don’t skimp on the facilities if they plan on recruiting right. Clemson’s football program recently spent $55,000 on their practice facility, which includes a golf simulator and a mini-golf course. And that’s for their FOOTBALL program.
There’s a putt-putt course at Clemson’s football facility. Awesome. pic.twitter.com/D0OuzbTNa0
— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) December 19, 2016
Mickelson’s team and the coaches are working hard to provide exactly what they are promoting; a top not short-game facility. Development is said to get underway this year.
“We want to provide the ultimate training and learning environment for them. The place where you just simply can’t afford not to be here, because it’s so much better than anywhere else.”
Coach Matt Thurmond
It’s nice to have involved almuni, isn’t it?