The Illinois State men’s and women’s golf teams competed in the annual fundraiser tournament, “The Players,” last Thursday and Friday at Weibring Golf Club. All proceeds from the tournament will further fund the expansion of the Jim and Carole Mounier Golf Training Center, as well as fund both the men’s and women’s golf teams during their upcoming seasons.
Revealed to the public on Friday, the Mounier Center is a brand new, state-of-the art facility 1,250 yards deep consisting of two 450-yard-long fairways (complete with tee boxes on both sides), a chipping green and a putting green. The training center is located on the west side of the golf course.
“It was a great event,” Weibring Assistant Golf Professional Stacey Miller said. “We had a little under 80 players: former players coming back, athletes of ISU, various supporters of the golf program, so it was a great day.”
The Mounier Center was designed by Weibring Wolfard Golf Design — a company responsible for the construction of more than 20 golf courses, including the well-known TPC at Deere Run in Silvis where the John Deere Classic is held every year. The company is headed by architect Steve Wolfard and professional golfer D.A. Weibring.
Despite the unveiling of the training center last week, the facilities are not entirely complete. There are plans to add more bunkers and sharpen up the current ones, as well as finish building the tee box at the north end of the training center.
As of now, only the tee box at the south end of the facility is open. It features two levels and enough tees for 60 golfers. However, the facility will not open to the general public until a parking lot and driveway to the training center are built. Until then, the area will be available only to the ISU golf teams, Illinois High School Association events and various fundraisers similar to that of “The Players” tournament.
Prior to the construction of the Mounier Center, both Redbird golf teams would practice at other driving ranges and practice areas in the Bloomington-Normal area.
The new facility will also create more recruitment opportunities. The Mounier Center is on par with that of Division I programs across the country, which adds allure to the thought of committing to ISU for aspiring young golfers.