NEW YORK—The Columbia Golf Program has signed an agreement with Haworth Country Club as one of its home practice venues, Director of Golf Rich Mueller and Women's Golf Coach Amy Weeks announced on Wednesday afternoon. Haworth will allow the Columbia men's and women's golf programs an additional practice facility as well as the opportunity to host annual collegiate tournaments, an alumni, friends and family tournament, along with golf camps.
“Haworth Country Club is a championship-caliber golf course within the immediate New York City locale,” Columbia Director of Golf Rich Mueller said. “The agreement will help diversify our practice opportunities and be a wonderful complement to our respective primary facilities. I look forward to working with them in building a meaningful relationship.”
“We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to compete at Haworth Country Club,” Columbia Women's Golf Coach Amy Weeks said.
With the addition of Haworth Country Club, the Lions continue to build an impressive cadre of indoor and outdoor training facilities anchored by Knickerbocker Country Club (Women) and The Saint Andrew's Golf Club (Men). Most recently, the program has updated its on-campus indoor facility with a Foresight Launch monitor, an HD Projector and a replacement TourLinks putting green.
“We are excited to begin this partnership with Columbia University,” General Manager at Haworth Country Club Emily Kuo said. “This project is very special to me, not only because Columbia is my alma mater, but we share the same vision in encouraging diversity amongst our players and staff. I look forward to further developing our relationship.”
A hidden gem just 15 miles from Columbia's campus, the 18-hole private golf course at Haworth Country Club offers a picturesque 175-acre property featuring bentgrass greens, tees and fairways which provide some of the best conditioned playing surfaces in the Northeast. The course officially opened in 1965, but was redesigned by the legendary golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 2000. The course length is up to 7,000 yards and the modern design features classic traditional elements that provide a memorable round. Since then, Haworth has been selected to host several US Open & MET Open qualifying rounds in recent years.
Since taking over the men's program in 2005, Mueller has guided Columbia men's golf to four Ivy League team championships, three individual Ivy League championships, five NCAA post-season appearances and 25 All-Ivy League individual golf performances. Two golfers—first-year Jeremy Perna and senior Mert Selamet—both earned All-Ivy League honors at the 2017 Ivy League Championship, while Perna was named the program's first-ever Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
Led by Weeks, the Columbia women's program is coming one of its most successful seasons in school history as the Lions captured two tournament titles in October. The program earned its highest-ever national ranking during the fall 2016 campaign at No. 83. With a fifth place finish at the 2017 Ivy League Championship, senior Jackie Chulya earned her third consecutive All-Ivy League honor, while first-year Ridhima Dilawari was presented with the program's first-ever Ivy League Rookie of the Year Award.
Both Columbia golf teams will return to action next fall.