January 27, 2018

Ball State Holds Dedication Ceremony for the
Earl Yestingsmeier Golf Center


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MUNCIE, Ind. –The Ball State golf teams now have a facility they can call their own. The Earl Yestingsmeier Golf Center dedication ceremony was held Saturday morning with nearly 200 supporters, donors, former players and family members in attendance.


 The Yestingsmeier Golf Center, which provides dedicated space for men's and women's golf, is situated along Bethel Avenue on the north side of campus between the Ball State Alumni Center and Northside Middle School. The 6,400-square-foot facility includes a 20-by-20-foot golfing simulator to analyze the athletes' flight of the golf ball, a 2,200-square-foot putting green and chipping area, club repair room, and a 20-by-40-foot area with four hitting bays and putting labs.


 Following comments from Ball State University President Geoffrey Means, men's golf coach Mike Fleck, women's golf coach Katherine Mowat, Board of Trustees member Matt Momper and Director of Athletics Mark Sandy, attendees were treated to a tour of the newest athletics facility.


 "Every day when I enter this building for practice, I feel overwhelmed with gratitude," Mowat said. "I feel a sense of pride that truly is hard to put into words. I anticipate possibilities for our student-athletes that are endless. Yes, it's about improving our games, and it's also about representing our University. It's about having a place where we strive for and commit to excellence every day."


 Earl Yestingsmeier, '55 MA '58, was the patriarch of Ball State golf for more than 50 years. He spent his entire professional career working for his alma mater. He started as sports information director in 1959 and became golf coach in 1963. Coach Yestingsmeier led 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. Coach Yestingsmeier led the Cardinals to 107 tournament titles and 11 NCAA tournament appearances. He remained one of Ball State's biggest fans until his passing in January 2014.


 "When I started coaching the golf program in 1998, I had one goal," Fleck said. "Twenty years later this goal has not changed. I want to make coach Yestingsmeier proud … We know how coach would downplay the honor of having his name permanently fixed on the outside of the building, but we also know how excited he would be to know that the EYGC will provide tremendous opportunities for young men and women to work hard and become even better. After all, that's what coach was all about – trying to be the best that you can be."


 The golf season begins in just a couple of weeks. The women open their spring schedule with the Ball State Sunshine Invitational in Florida on Feb. 9-10. Meanwhile, the men begin competition as hosts of the Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play in Florida on Feb. 12-13.


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