Since the opening of Blair’s golf training center in January, boys’ and girls’ golf team members have utilized the state-of-the-art facility nearly every day to hone their skills in preparation for the spring season. The team members, their coaches and the entire Blair community will have the opportunity to thank the donors who made the golf training center possible at a dedication on March 30 at 1 p.m.
“Our community is fortunate to have this outstanding athletic venue, and I am grateful to all those who supported the project,” said Athletic Director and head girls’ varsity golf coach Paul Clavel ’88. “Blair is among very few high schools to have such a facility on its campus, and it adds another positive aspect to the overall Blair experience.”
The golf training center, sited near the first tee, houses two hitting bays with professional-grade Foresight simulators, a putting/chipping area, lockers and a restroom. The center benefits Blair’s championship-winning golf teams in many ways. Players are able to work on their skills and maintain their swings year-round, and, if cold and snow keep them off the course at the start of the season, they can still practice indoors, on campus—including full swings, chipping and putting. Once the golf season gets underway, the facility is the perfect place to warm up before a match or work one-on-one with a golf pro.
Head of School Chris Fortunato, Mr. Clavel, head boys’ varsity coach Andrew Sykes and members of the boys’ and girls’ golf teams will be on hand to honor the generous donors at the dedication, as will the Alumni Board of Governors and many members of the community. Parents, alumni, Trustees and friends of the School contributed more than $400,000 to fund construction of the golf training center, a project that represents the first phase of planned upgrades to Blair’s golf facilities. Course enhancements, including green enlargement, bunker reconstruction and tree removal, are all in the works, and will be completed over the next several years as funds are raised.