CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State Athletics Department is excited to announce the completion of the $600,000 fundraising campaign to construct the Bud and Maxine Ossey Golf Center located in Gill Coliseum.
Once complete, the Ossey Golf Center will create a state-of-the-art indoor training center where OSU’s golf teams are able to practice regardless of weather and light conditions that otherwise prohibit preparation for tournament play. In addition, there will be a team lounge where student-athletes can meet, study, and build team camaraderie.
“This facility will be a great compliment to the outdoor facilities we have in place,” said Jon Reehoorn, Head Men’s Golf Coach. “For a large part of the season our guys are battling wet and cold weather and daylight issues. The Ossey Center will provide student-athletes the opportunity to escape from the elements and fine-tune their game. Furthermore, this facility will give our program another resource to recruit and attract top level talent that is essential to compete in the Pac-12 Conference.”
The Ossey Center recognizes the lifetime contributions and volunteer efforts of Bud and Maxine Ossey. Together, Bud and Maxine have supported Oregon State University through gifts of time and philanthropy for 70 consecutive years. The Ossey’s support has impacted student scholarships, the College of Engineering, the marching band, athletics, and, of course, OSU golf. Maxine Ossey passed away on January 17, 2013 shortly after she and Bud celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
“Maxine was an equal partner in my support of the University,” said Bud Ossey. “Maxine would have been elated that the University chose to recognize our family through the naming of this tremendous facility. I am humbled and sincerely grateful for this honor.”
During the six month fundraising campaign, more than 100 gifts were received. Forty six of these gifts were made by former student-athletes including the final commitment from 2012 OSU graduate and European Tour Professional, Morten Madsen.
“The team and I are thrilled to see the support from the alumni and friends of our programs,” said Rise Alexander, Head Coach Women’s Golf. “The Ossey Golf Center will give us a true home on campus and a facility that will benefit both golf programs immensely. I am thankful to everyone who made this possible.”
Head Coaches Jon Reehoorn and Rise Alexander will work with project architects and contractors during the next six months to complete construction of the Ossey Golf Center before the fall 2014 academic term.
“When we began thinking about the possibility of providing a facility like this for our team, I’m not sure any of us thought it would happen so quickly,” added Reehoorn. “We can’t thank the supporters of this project enough. Their involvement will provide our student-athletes with an even better experience and give us one more tool to further develop our players and attract future student-athletes.”
If you would like more information about the Ossey Golf Center or would like to make a gift in support of OSU Golf, please contact Justin Fisher at (503) 553-3400 or Justin.Fisher@oregonstate.edu. You can also make a gift online at www.ourbeavernation.com.