Divots were flying through the air today as Cameron University broke ground for the new Terry Bell Golf Center, which will be located near the driving range on the east side of Cameron House. Cameron President John McArthur was joined by Mike Mayhall, Richard Allen and Janice Bell, trustees of the Terry K. Bell Charitable Trust, which provided a gift of $250,000 for the facility, as well as Cameron golfer Lexi Thompson and men’s golf coach Jerry Hrnciar. The target completion date for the facility is January 2016.
“The idea for a golf center for Cameron athletes originated in the 1970s; however, funding issues always prevented it from being more than an idea,” says President McArthur. “With this tremendous gift from the Terry K. Bell Charitable Trust, we can now bring that idea to fruition. The Terry Bell Golf Center will be instrumental in growing Cameron’s already successful men’s and women’s golf programs and will also serve as a fitting tribute to Terry Bell, who supported Cameron athletics throughout his lifetime.”
Mayhall shared that it was the Bell’s desire to make a positive impact on Cameron University's athletic programs. Bell established the trust shortly before his death in 2012. The donation to the Cameron University Foundation for the golf center was the first gift granted by the trust.
As community members, Cameron students, faculty, staff, athletes and coaches looked on, ground was officially “broken” when McArthur, Mayhall, Allen, Bell and members of the men’s and women’s golf teams simultaneously hit divots on Hrnciar’s cue.
The Terry Bell Golf Center will be an indoor facility with bays heading into the driving range and technology that will give golfers the ability to scientifically analyze golf swings and body movement. Most importantly, the facility will be a place for Aggie golfers to practice year-round. When completed, the center will be the only golf-specific complex in the Lone State Conference and one of the few in NCAA Division II, giving Aggie coaches an upper hand in recruiting high quality student-athletes.
March 25, 2015