Phil Mickelson will design a new $ 2 million golf training facility for the University of San Diego, athletic director Bill McGillis announced Monday.
The Purcell family’s short game practice center will be located on campus and will feature a one acre natural grass short play area with a large green, practice bunkers, a fairway and a difficult area so that players can practice any stroke they would face in competition.
“Thanks to the generosity of the Purcell family and a strong commitment from the University of San Diego, I couldn’t be more excited to design a state-of-the-art golf practice facility on campus for the Toreros,” said Phil Mickelson via a press release. “The University of San Diego holds a special place in the hearts of the Mickelson family, and I’m thrilled to partner with (head coach Chris) Riley to develop something really special for the young men in the program. USD. “
The institution’s namesake, Paul M. Purcell, is a San Diego alumnus and board member. The plans have been submitted to the City of San Diego and are being reviewed by planners. Development and construction will begin immediately after city approval.
A 3,000 square foot clubhouse will also be built to include a team locker room, lounge, indoor / outdoor reception area, coaches office, storage, study and conference spaces, as well as ‘a state-of-the-art hitting bay and golf lab. technology and equipment. “
“It’s been years in the making, and I’m delighted that the day has finally come for USD Golf to have all the tools to compete at the highest level,” said Riley, who noted the facilities’ ability to help golfers. players to improve from within 100 yards. .
“Our family is honored to give back to the institutions that are very important to us – the SHU and golf,” said Purcell. “We hope this facility will advance the mission of the SHU, not only to compete at the highest levels of the NCAA, but also to improve the entire community through golf.”
The university will also seek to serve the community through partnerships with Pro Kids, First Tee and other local organizations.