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GEORGIA TECH PRACTICE RANGE
Thanks to the generosity of four supporters of the Georgia Tech golf program, the Yellow Jackets can take advantage of a Tom Fazio-designed practice facility conveniently located adjacent to campus between 14th and 16th Streets.
“We really needed to have our own place to practice, and Jim Dellinger, Julian Saul, Gene Brooks and Dan Yates were willing to make that happen for us,” said head coach Bruce Heppler.
A tremendous asset for the team, the facility allows the Yellow Jackets to practice a wide array of skills. Covering eight acres of land and more than 320 yards in length from one end to the other, the range includes two bent grass greens, one for chipping and one for putting.
Tee boxes are located at both ends, as well as several fairway bunkers from which players can hit iron shots, and there are designed wedge areas to work on the short game. There is no shot in golf that Tech’s players are not able to work on.
“Plus, they are able to practice with the balls they play with in competition rather than range balls, so they can find out more about distance, control and accuracy,” says Heppler. “When you have your own place and you can throw down your own balls and practice anywhere you want, that’s a much better situation than going to a driving range.
“It’s four blocks from the campus housing. It makes practicing more convenient and allows our players to use their time better. And, of course, it’s still backed up by our ability to play on some of the best golf courses in the Southeast.”
The Dellinger Golf Center, housed on the ground level of the Northwest stands of Bobby Dodd Stadium, was originally dedicated on Oct. 13, 1990 and reopened after renovation in the fall of 2003. It was named for Tech golf enthusiast James Dellinger, and is the perfect spot for studying, relaxing, watching television, playing pool or browsing the internet. It also is a glorious reminder of Georgia Tech’s great golf tradition.
The Dellinger Center houses a lounge with a large-screen television, stereo system, DVD player, video game console, comfortable couches, a card table and a pool table for the enjoyment of Tech’s golfers. Additionally, there are offices for the Tech coaching staff and a state-of-the-art locker room. The center also includes a study hall with computer stations with internet access, along with a recreation room.
The carpeted lounge area is named for Charles R. Brown, the catalyst responsible for the modern success of Tech golf.
On the walls, you’ll find portraits of each of Tech’s All-America golfers, from Watts Gunn in 1927 to Roberto Castro and Cameron Tringale, plus photos of Tech teams past and images of major golf champions Larry Mize (1987 Master), David Duval (2001 British Open) and Stewart Cink (2009 British Open).
On display in trophy cases is memorabilia from the days of Watts Gunn, Bobby Jones and Charlie Yates. Encased in the center are Tech’s National Player of the Year trophies honoring David Duval, Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar and Bryce Molder. Also on display are Tech’s NCAA East Regional individual championship trophies, and all 10 ACC championship trophies. Prominent displays of Tech’s GCAA All-America honorees are in both the locker room and television lounge.
Tech’s three team trophies, the Robert Tyre Jones Award for the team’s outstanding player, the Watts Gunn Trophy for the team’s most improved and dedicated player, and the Charles Yates Cup for academic achievement, are also displayed here.
As part of Tech’s renovation of Bobby Dodd Stadium, the renovated golf center was completed in the fall of 2003 along with the expanded north end zone of the stadium.
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