TUCSON - Arizona Athletics has entered into an agreement for Sewailo Golf Club to become the new home course for the Wildcats’ men’s and women’s golf programs, Director of Athletics Greg Byrne announced on Thursday. Sewailo replaces Arizona National as home to UA.
“We’re extremely pleased to be joining forces with Sewailo Golf Club as they open their course to the Tucson community,” Direct of Athletics Greg Byrne said. “Arizona National was a wonderful home for our programs and we thank them for their relationship over the years, but we’re looking forward to this new chapter in Arizona golf. I’ve had the opportunity to play at Sewailo and I know that our golf programs will benefit from all the top-notch amenities the course and its training facilities have to offer.”
The partnership, which is effective through June 30, 2015 and comes with a five-year renewal option, allows the Arizona golf programs to have exclusive use of a separate driving range and the ability to play the course throughout the year. If the contract is renewed, Arizona Athletics will have the right to initiate improvements, which could include a club house, hitting bays and other amenities.
"We are thrilled to partner with the University of Arizona as the Home of the Arizona Wildcats," said Dan LaRouere, general manager of Sewailo Golf Club. "The University has long been a great supporter of the game and we are excited to play a part in their vision of elevating their golf program to new heights. Sewailo Golf Club will provide a nationally competitive venue to host collegiate tournaments and for Wildcat players to develop their skills and improve their game. We believe this also delivers an attractive recruiting tool for the University to attract some of the world's best and most promising players."
Designed by PGA Tour standout Notah Begay III, Sewailo is a challenging course that measures 7,400 yards from the championship tees and offers five different tee boxes on each hole. It is managed by Troon Golf, a Scottsdale-based golf management company, which oversees properties in 29 states and 26 countries.
“I am excited about the new partnership between the University of Arizona and Sewailo Golf Club,” said head women’s golf coach Laura Ianello. “Arizona will now have a new practice facility and a home golf course to help us improve our current players, while attracting high-level student-athletes from around the world. Sewailo is a championship venue with amazing facilities and I know our players are going to grow immensely thanks to this new practice facility.”
The Wildcats begin the 2014 spring schedule with the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, hosted by Ohio State, in Palos Verdes, Calif. (Feb. 9-11).For continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat women's golf, follow the team on Twitter @UAWomensGolf, at Facebook.com/ArizonaWomensGolf or visit ArizonaWildcats.com.