Murray State College and Lakeview Golf Course join together for students
Murray State College Golf is winning big in 2018, and team members give some of the credit to practice time at Ardmore’s 18-hole Lakeview Golf Course. The public course, which opened in 1975, was designed by Fillmore Vaughn.
Murray State men’s and women’s teams use the course for regular practices throughout the academic year, and Aggie golfers are quick to express appreciation for their time at Lakeview.
When Brittany Boles was asked about her experience at Lakeview she said, “We spend a lot of hours at the course, so we have become close with the staff. After I graduate this year, my experiences at Lakeview are times I will always remember.”
Team members single out Lakeview’s Golf Pro Doug Hargis, Lakeview Shop Assistant Pru Aperto and the City of Ardmore for an inclusive welcome that makes time spent at the course seem special.
Golfer Alistair Snowden said, “My time at course has been great. With many of us being from outside the United States, Pru has become a mother figure. She is a remarkable woman, and I am lucky to know her.” Boles added, “Doug always asks about our day and golf game, while Pru takes care of us like a team mom.”
In addition to the friendly staff, players also appreciate challenges of the course which measures 6881 yards (Championship Tees), 6351 yards (Men's Tees), and 5032 yards (Ladies Tees). It plays to Par 71 for the men and Par 72 for the ladies. The course rating and slopes are 7202/114 (Championship), 68.2/104 (Men), and 67.5/113 (Ladies).
MSC men’s team member Josh Beatt said, “I have been playing at Lakeview for two years, and there are some tricky holes that will test your game. The course is open so you can hit a bad tee shot every now and then and still have a shot into the green.”
The course, with its Bentgrass greens and Bermuda fairways, has a driving range, full-service restaurant, pro shop, golf carts and club rentals and practice putting greens. They also offer junior golfer rates and senior citizen discounts.
Coach Al Smith, who credits the opportunity to golf at Lakeview with improving recruiting efforts in the local area, said, “Doug Hargis and the City of Ardmore have been very supportive of our program. We feel welcome at the course by the way staff and city officials treat our players. We very much appreciate their welcoming spirit.”
Aggie golf teams and individuals have played exceptionally well this season and last year. Awards and recognition for 2017 included naming of coach Smith as a NJCAA Division II Dave Williams National Coach of the Year Finalist and student Alistair Snowdon being named recipient of the NJCAA DII Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award.
“Murray State College and our golf teams definitely appreciate the support of Lakeview Golf Course and the City of Ardmore. Teams have exceptional coaching with Al Smith, and the players he has recruited are simply outstanding. Golf is a lifetime sport, and we feel that success on the course and in the classroom will help bring about success in life for these students,” MSC President Joy McDaniel said.
Last month, MSC Men’s Golf brought home first place and the women’s team brought home second in the Tyler Junior College Invitational. Rian Moores finished first while Josh Beatt tied for first, Alistair Snowdon and Owen Grimes tied for third, and Emiel Van Geet tied for fifth.
This month Murray State’s women’s golf team competed in San Antonio’s Bellevue Spring Break Classic in which freshmen Rian Moores tied for fifth and Kitana Hollins tied for 11th. Next up for Aggie Golf is this month’s Buccaneer Spring Classic in Memphis, Tenn.
For more information about golf teams at Murray State College, contact coach Al Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information about Lakeview golf course, contact 580-223-4260.