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October 18, 1996

Components of golf course complex named after benefactors

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue University President Steven C. Beering announced today (Friday, 10/18) that various components of the university's $6.5 million golf complex will be named after significant contributors to the new complex.

Beering made the announcement during a groundbreaking ceremony that starts the complete redesign of the 18-hole North Course and improvements to other components of the golf complex, including the 18-hole South Course.

The official names of the various components:

The golf project also includes an enhanced practice range and an 18-hole contoured putting course, a first in Indiana. A Web page about the golf course project is at

As part of the golf complex, the Turfgrass Research and Diagnostic Center will be the first comprehensive turfgrass research facility in the country. It will function as a living laboratory for teaching and research activities in a variety of academic disciplines, including agronomy, entomology and forestry. The new facility will allow more students to enroll in turf science, a major in the School of Agriculture. At present, about 65 undergraduate students are in the program. Most graduates go to work as golf course superintendents.

Work on the turfgrass center began this summer and should be done by the time the new golf course opens in 1998.

Clark Throssell, professor of agronomy, and Zac Reicher, turf specialist with Purdue's Cooperative Extension Service, are co-directors of the center.

In addition to Beering and the benefactors, other individuals who took part in the groundbreaking were Morgan Burke, Purdue intercollegiate athletic director; and a member of each of the Purdue women's and men's golf teams.

Sources: Steven C. Beering, (765) 494-9708; home, (765) 743-9933

Morgan Burke, (765) 494-3189; home, (765) 497-0232

Writer: Ellen Rantz, (765) 494-2073; home, (765) 497-0345; e-mail,

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: A color photo of a rendering of the new North Course is available from Purdue News Service, (765) 494-2096. It is called Beering/Golfnaming or download here.

Photo Caption:

Ground has been broken for Pete Dye to redesign Purdue's 18-hole North Golf Course into a championship course, as seen in this architectural rendering. (Purdue News Service photo by David Umberger)

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