APRIL 24, 2017

Ball State Breaks Ground on Earl Yestingsmeier Golf Center


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MUNCIE, Ind. -- Ball State University officially broke ground on the Earl Yestingsmeier Golf Center with a Thursday afternoon ceremony.


 The facility, named for long-time men's golf coach Earl Yestingsmeier, is anticipated to open by December 2017. It will provide a year-round home on campus for the men's and women's golf programs.


 Ball State men's coach Mike Fleck and women's coach Katherine Mowat both addressed a crowd of more than 100 people at Thursday's ceremony. Interim President Terry King, Board of Trustees Secretary Thomas Bracken and Director of Athletics Mark Sandy also provided remarks.


 The men's and women's golf teams were both in attendance, along with donors for the facility. Steve Hyslop and Jane Meyer were on hand to represent the Yestingsmeier family.


 "It gives me tremendous pride coaching (Coach Yestingsmeier's) program and seeing a legacy being established in his honor with this facility," Fleck said. "Coach's no nonsense, hard-working, shoot-the-lowest-number approach won't change, and our guys are excited to continue that approach as we move into the EYGC."


 Located along Bethel Avenue, adjacent to the Ball State football practice fields, the facility will be approximately 6,400 square feet. It will feature two indoor hitting bays for four players, a hitting simulator bay, a 2,200 square foot putting and chipping area, locker and restroom facilities, a meeting/office room, team lounge area and club repair room.


 "We look forward to developing our golfers in a way we have never been able to before – with the use of technology in our own facility," Mowat said. "We look forward to having conversations with top recruits about playing for Ball State, where your game can be improved any day of the year as a result of this golf center."


 Yestingsmeier was an exceptional supporter of Ball State University and the patriarch of Ball State golf for more than 50 years. He earned his bachelor's degree from Ball State in 1955 and his master's degree from the university in 1958. He then spent virtually his entire professional career working for his alma mater.


 Yestingsmeier started as sports information director in 1959 and became golf coach in 1963. He coached the Ball State men's golf team for 36 years until his retirement in 1998, spending 31 of those years in a dual role as the university's sports information director. He remained one of Ball State's biggest fans until his passing in January 2014