GSU Golf Course receives recognition

Jordana Klein

Golf Digest recently named the Georgia Southern Golf Course, located just six miles from campus, to the Most Prestigious 2014 Best New Golf Courses list in their most recent issue.

The course allows the general public to book tee-times as well as private events, lessons, and many other opportunities centered around the first- class facility. The Georgia Southern University men’s golf team also practices at the course throughout its season and holds their season qualifiers there.

Marten Olsson, Director of Golf, appreciated receiving this honor for the course and hopes to expand the game of golf in the Statesboro community.

“From getting this project off the ground to receiving this award, the entire staff and I were very excited about this award because it’s huge for the course,” Olsson said. “Golf is a game you can play for life, so I hope to grow the game throughout the community and expose even more students to golf.”

The success of this course could not have flourished without the help of the entire staff, including Patrick Reinhardt and Gene Sherry, said Olsson. Reinhardt, Sherry, Olsson and the rest of the staff work day in and day out to improve their course, to grow the game in the community and to bring even more events to the area to highlight the course.

Reinhardt, Golf Course Superintendent, could not have been more honored to hear about this award. Golf Digest’s list included some incredibly well-known courses that will host major tournaments in the near future.

 “We knew we had a very special golf course, and we are proud of the recognition that it is receiving,” he said.

Sherry, Executive Director of Campus Recreation & Intramurals, believes that with each year of maturity, the course’s aesthetics will only be enhanced. In turn, the course can hopefully acquire even more recognition and bring many prestigious events to the Statesboro-Bulloch County area as well.

“I felt a great deal of pride in finding out the golf course had received this recognition, Sherry said.  I am proud to work at such a wonderful university and this recognition gives the whole Eagle Nation just one more point of pride.”