"Clay and I sat down and also got our GAs involved and brainstormed and came up with the Maroon Tee Club. That was how we got it started. We had looked at other SEC schools and the PAC 12 and saw how they utilize their booster organizations to raise awareness and supplement budgetary needs and facility needs that aren't readily available through the institution."
Explain in a little more detail about the booster club.
"There are different levels of membership. We have the Par, Birdie, Eagle and Hole In One levels. With each membership you get a variety of different things such as golf head covers, ball caps. You also get a golf bag for the Hole In One sponsorship. We'll also have a monthly newsletter that will update everybody about practices, goals that we set and attain, community service projects, how we get involved with the community and other things. A lot of what we initially are trying to do with the Maroon Tee Club is just get the word out that we are now a force to be reckoned with and that golf at Mississippi State is taking a front seat. And that Clay and I are working as hard as we possible can to recruit players who will help us be competitive in the SEC.
"I took over the position that Christy Sanders held for 23 years. And I'm honored to take over for her. She created a great program that I hope I can improve on. With that comes the need to improve our facilities. We are fortunate that we have Old Waverly Golf Club but it has limitations due to it being a private, exclusive country club.
"Clay and his group have raised the funds to this point to be in the middle of a construction project at State's golf course for our short game practice game. We have rebuilt the number 18 green on the golf course and we have repositioned the number 10 tee to make it a par three. And we will construct two new driving range tees, one for public use and one exclusively for the golf program. We will also have a short game area where we will have a 10,000 square foot chipping green, well bunkered, where you can hit up to 110 yards into that green.
"With the drive to become better coaches and better programs comes the need to communicate our desire to improve our facilities. And we have taken a huge step with the practice facility. And our phase two goal is to get a team building at the State course and having a home for the golf programs. It will give us a place to have meetings and do our own videos and have an indoor putting area. It will also allow us not to be affected by weather factors such as rain and such as the last couple of months where we have had three or four snows. We will still be able to accomplish what we want to every day thanks to an indoor area where we can still train."
If people want to join the golf booster club how can they do that?
"There is a PDF file posted on our webpage that they can print off and mail in. Click Here to go to the forum. They can also call the golf offices at Mississippi State, which is 662-325-2722 and ask us to mail them a form."
The first event sponsored for the Maroon Tee Club is the inaugural Maroon Tee Classic which will be held May 2 at the Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss.
The tournament will be a four-man scramble plus one MSU player, coach or administrator. The entry fee for the tournament is $500.00 per player with lunch included. The range at Old Waverly opens at 11:00 a.m. CT. Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m., and a shotgun start is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
Coach Clay Homan and Coach Ginger Brown-Lemm hope to see you at the Maroon Tee Classic to share a round of golf wrapped in Maroon and White as well as their vision for the Bulldog and Lady Bulldog programs.
For more information on the Maroon Tee Classic, view the official brochure or contact the MSU golf office at 662-325-2722.
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