OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 14, 2016) — Oklahoma Christian formally will dedicate the new Junior Lorentz Golf Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday at the facility, located in the Enterprise Square USA building on the southeast corner of the OC campus.
The ceremony will start at 11:45 a.m. and will honor Junior Lorentz of Ardmore, for whom the facility is named. Lorentz’s donation of $250,000 paid for the facility, which was built in space once occupied by Enterprise Square’s Hall of Giants. Lorentz is the father of OC alumni Sharon (Lorentz) Mays and Brian Lorentz and the grandfather of 2016 OC graduate Hannah Lorentz and current OC junior Abby Lorentz.
“Oklahoma Christian golf is so fortunate to have the opportunity to celebrate the official opening of the Junior Lorentz Golf Center,” said David Lynn, OC’s interim athletic director and director of golf. “We have been very blessed to have such a state-of-the-art facility on the campus of OC where our golfers can practice, study and fellowship.
“To find a partner like Junior Lorentz for this project was an actual dream come true. Our staff and teams are so thankful for his vision and generosity.”
The facility has a 3,000-square-foot putting and chipping green with another 1,000 square feet of rough and fringe surrounding the green. It includes four golf simulator bays (which feature TrackMan and Foresight technology) with launch monitors, screens and computers and projectors. The simulator bays allow OC’s teams to play full rounds of golf on many different courses and practice on the range. Also included are offices for OC’s golf coaches and a storage area.
Lynn said it’s the only indoor facility of its kind on a college campus in Oklahoma, although Cameron University opened an expansive indoor facility recently.
Immediately after the ceremony, OC’s golf teams will host the first edition of their new “Lessons and Lunch” program, which will last until 1 p.m. Coaches and players will work with OC faculty and staff on hitting golf balls in the simulators, chipping and putting. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Plans are for the “Lessons and Lunch” program to continue throughout the academic year, Lynn said.