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One of the final pieces in the Cardinals' rise to national prominence is in place for the University of Louisville men's and women's golf programs, as the Tom Musselman Golf Center officially opened on April 17, 2007, at the Cardinal Club. The facility is state-of-the-art and instrumental in making the Cardinals one of the top golf programs in the country.
The Musselman Golf Center, which was built at a cost of $600,000, is an indoor practice facility that will house both the U of L men's and women's golf programs. The 5,500 square foot golf center has three indoor hitting bays, video equipment with swing analysis capability, men's and women's locker rooms, an indoor putting green, and coaches' offices and a players' lounge. There's also an 8,000-square foot outdoor putting green.
"We appreciate Tom Musselman and his family for what they have meant to the university and the community," said Vice President of Athletics Tom Jurich. "The success of our golf programs is synonymous with the Musselman family. Both of our golf programs will benefit greatly from this facility and we're excited to see the positive impact the golf center will have on our programs."
About Tom Musselman
Tom Musselman's accomplishments as a member of the men's golf team from 1955-1959 earned him a spot in the University of Louisville Athletic Hall of Fame. Musselman has long been a supporter of the UofL golf programs and was instrumental in securing the Cardinal Club as a permanent fixture for the golf teams.
Today, Musselman is a successful entrepreneur and founder of Musselman Hotels. The hotel company owns several properties across Kentucky, including six in the Louisville area. He also is active in the community, having served on boards of a number of organizations including Dare to Care Food Bank, Metro Parks, Louisville Metro Sports Commission, UofL's STAR autism program and the UofL Athletics Association.
A co-founder of the Musselman-Dunne Junior Golf Tour, he also is a member of the Kentucky Junior Golf Foundation.
In 2006, Musselman received the U of L Hickman-Camp Award, which recognizes an individual's extraordinary support of the athletics department. Through his leadership and generosity, Musselman paved the way for this golf center to become a reality.