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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Nov. 19, 2011) – After breaking ground in March, the University of Central Missouri is welcoming the public to see and tour the new Audrey J. Walton Clubhouse at Pertle Springs Keth Memorial Golf Course. The dedication ceremony and name unveiling is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29.
Longtime university supporter, Audrey J. Walton, Versailles, made the clubhouse possible through a $1.5 million gift. She and members of her family will assist in a ribbon-cutting to commemorate the completion of the clubhouse project. Speakers will include Walt Hicklin, president of the UCM Board of Governors; Charles Ambrose, university president; Jerry Hughes, athletic director; Sheldon Smith, a university senior and member of the Mules golf team from Clinton; and Shawn Jones, senior associate athletic director, who will emcee the festivities. Refreshments will be served in the banquet room, immediately following the dedication.
Walton’s gift was used toward construction of the $1.7 million facility, which is the newest structure at UCM. It is approximately 5,000 square feet and has features that include men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers, a banquet room that can seat up to 150 people, professional kitchen facilities, pro shop, staff offices, and a patio that overlooks the 18th green and seats about 60 individuals. Reasbeck Construction, Inc. began work on the facility in April 2011.
“Pertle Springs is an important part of university history, and a valuable community resource. The Audrey J. Walton Clubhouse is certainly going to be a key focal point, and will increase opportunities to bring more visitors to the area,” Ambrose said. “We’re excited to introduce the clubhouse to the community, and especially grateful to have Mrs. Walton and her family join us in celebrating a new era at this historic location.”
Hughes said the clubhouse offers new opportunities to host special events at the university. It will not only serve many UCM functions, but community members will be able to use it to host weddings, organizational meetings, family and class reunions, fundraisers, and more.
Pertle Springs was once a nationally known resort area. Beginning in 2008, the university began an extensive renovation of Keth Memorial Golf Course, adding a new driving range with four indoor bays, new putting greens and a chipping area. Today, the golf course is home for the Mules golf team, in addition to hosting recreational golfers, and the site for the annual Mule Run for men’s and women’s cross-country teams. The facility has often been used as a site for golf tournaments to raise money for scholarship programs and support a variety of other philanthropic endeavors.
“The new clubhouse is a tremendous addition to our much-improved facilities, and we look forward to discovering new ways to use it to benefit the campus and the community,” Hughes said. “We are very thankful that Mrs. Walton has made this possible.”
In addition to supporting the new clubhouse, Audrey J. Walton is one of the largest individual cash donors in UCM history, having donated funds that also helped build the football stadium that bears her name. She also contributes annually to the university, including major items to the annual UCM Athletic Auction.