CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga Mocs Player Development Complex got a major upgrade this week with the addition of artificial turf hitting stations. The men’s and women’s golf programs will have the ability to practice rain or shine thanks to the new Covershot.
“This is an exciting addition,” men’s head coach Mark Guhne stated. “The facility is really coming together and the hitting stations are specifically designed to mirror various types of shots and play. It will be a great benefit for both teams as we continue to work on bringing championships to Chattanooga.”
The project got a great boost from Gary Yerbey and Tim Costo of Yerbey Concrete Services and Sequatchie Concrete, respectively. They jointly donated the concrete base for the install of the turf.
Jimmy Rogers from Controlled Products, Inc., handled the turf and installation. The world’s leading manufacturer of artificial turf, Rogers and his company fitted the turf along with a spectacular branding strip that rounds out the station.
Eight student-athletes can practice at one on the turf that is 6’ x 58’. With the portable Covershot, the practice area will allow for practice in inclement weather until the practice building can be completed.
That project is next on the list. Plans have been drawn by River Street Architecture and contractors are pricing, but it appears that funding is complete for it. The hitting bays include two 14’ doors allowing four student-athletes to practice at a time. It is equipped with computer equipment that monitors and analyzes each players swing. There are also plans for a work area for club repair and possibly a putting studio.
The Player Development Complex has already yielded dividends for both programs. The Mocs women’s team is the four-time defending Southern Conference Champions. The men have won five of the last seven SoCon titles and captured the 2012 NCAA Bowling Green Regional.GoMocs.com is the official website of the Chattanooga Mocs. The Mocs can also be followed on their official Facebook page or on Twitter. Find out how to join the UTC Mocs Club and support more than 300 student-athletes by clicking here.