NEW YORK—Columbia University has announced a new $100,000 capital gift and the establishment of a $100,000 endowment fund for its varsity men’s and women’s golf programs to build and maintain a world-class indoor training facility. The total $200,000 capital gift and endowment is made possible through a gift from The R.N.G.S. Foundation, whose principal is a member of the Overseers Committee at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute Brain Trust.

 

The capital donation will enable the Columbia Golf programs to renovate and more than double the existing space already used by the teams at Dodge Fitness Center. It will offer multiple student-athletes simultaneous practice opportunities for short game, putting and full swings. The design will also be tailored to foster camaraderie and competitive practice among student-athletes. Finally, there will be a strong emphasis on technology, arming coaches with industry-leading tools to analyze and improve all aspects of a golfers’ game.

 

The $100,000 endowment will be focused on improving the top priorities of the varsity men’s and women’s golf programs. Specifically, the gift will be used to maintain and upgrade all aspects of the facility as needed.

 

“Technology moves quickly,” Columbia Director of Golf Rich Mueller said. “The endowment portion of this gift will truly allow us to keep our technology current as well as the room maintained to the needs of our current and future student-athletes.”

 

“Endowment and capital gifts like this one are crucial to providing Columbia student-athletes with the best possible experience with consistency and sustainability in perpetuity,” Campbell Family Director of Intercollegiate Athletics & Physical Education Peter Pilling said.

 

Mueller is in his 13th season as Columbia’s head men’s golf coach and 18th season as an NCAA Division I head coach. While serving as Columbia’s Director of Golf for the past 13 years, Mueller has shaped the Columbia program into a perennial power in the Ivy League. He has guided the Lions to five Ivy League Team Championships (four men’s titles and one women’s), his student-athletes have captured three individual Ivy League championship medals, qualified for four NCAA postseason team appearances and earned 26 total All-Ivy League honors (23 men’s).

 

“Golf at Columbia is different for many reasons and our needs are unique because of our location,” Mueller said. “This gift gives our student-athletes an even greater opportunity to work year-round on their short game. It also provides us the chance to rejuvenate and improve upon our current capabilities.”

 

“The new indoor practice facility at Columbia University will be an important building block in the daily development and growth of our golfers at Columbia,” Columbia women’s golf coach Amy Weeks added. “Golf in New York City is a unique experience and this opportunity allows our players to come together and grow their games together on a daily basis. Additionally, this training facility can help grow future generations of golfers with camps and clinics. We are grateful for the support and commitment to our programs and the game of golf.”

 

THE COLUMBIA GOLF TRAINING CENTER

 

Vision Statement: Columbia Athletics and the Columbia men’s and women’s golf teams endeavor to build a world-class indoor training facility, on par with the best indoor collegiate facilities in the country and set the standard for Ivy League golf programs. Columbia golf student-athletes will benefit from the year-round practice opportunities and the highest quality training equipment and resources.

 

Mission Statement: The Columbia Golf Training Center will serve the needs of the program, student-athletes and coaches in several ways. It will:

 

*attract elite recruits from its purposeful design, beautiful aesthetics and state-of-the-art technology.

*offer year-round, simultaneous practice opportunities for short game, putting and full swings for multiple student-athletes.

*arm coaches with industry-leading tech to analyze and improve all aspects of a student-athletes game.

*foster camaraderie and competitive practice amongst student-athletes.