Golf Training Facility
Walter Chang Golf and Learning Center
The University of the Pacific proudly opened the Walter Chang Golf and Learning Center in February of 2020 in partnership with The Reserve at Spanos Park. The state-of-the-art facility is 4,200 total square feet and features coaches offices, a conference room, locker room, alumni locker room, a kitchen and three hitting bays with top-of-the-line swing analysis technology.
Head coach John Cook is thrilled to launch the beginning of a new era of Pacific men’s golf.
“This first-class facility will not only enhance our current team’s ability to fine tune their game,” Cook said, “but also will help attract nationally-recognized athletes to become Tigers. We are ecstatic at the layout and technology within our new facilities and look forward to utilizing them as we continually push to be one of the top tier programs in the NCAA.”
The beginning of a new chapter for Pacific men’s golf was marked by the dedication of the Dr. Glen Albaugh Short Game Area in 2017 and now with the official opening of the Walter Chang Golf and Learning Center, we are truly positioned to provide a first-class, cutting-edge experience for our student-athletes,” Director of Athletics Janet Lucas said. “I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make this project possible. The unique partnership with Barry Ruhl and The Reserve at Spanos Park when combined with the generosity of Walter Chang and many other donors have transformed the vision for this amazing facility into a reality.”
University of the Pacific Athletics is extremely thankful for the program’s long-time supporter, Walter Chang, who earned his bachelor’s degree from the Eberhardt School of Business in 1982. “This new facility will attract higher caliber players not only from Northern California, but throughout the country,” Chang said. “The short game area and high-tech video analysis will be one of the best in the Central Valley. The indoor driving range means that the team can practice all year long without any interruptions from inclement weather. This facility, combined with the educational excellence provided by the university, will benefit the present and future student-athletes greatly.”
The short game practice area includes three chipping greens and space to putt, giving the Tigers different varieties to practice their short game on. With diverse terrain that includes seven traps and bunkers, Pacific golfers can practice their approach, chipping and putting for a wide array of potential shots. As part of Chang’s vision for a first-class practice and training facility, the Dr. Glen Albaugh Short Game Area also features Bermuda grass greens, giving UOP the opportunity to match their training to the type of grass on their next competition course.
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Dr. Glen Albaugh Short Game Area
In 2017 the Pacific golf program dedicated the Dr. Glen Albaugh Short Game Area at The Walter Chang Golf and Learning Center at the Tigers’ practice facility located at The Reserve at Spanos Park.
The short game practice area includes three chipping greens and a putting area, giving the Tigers 13 different holes to practice the shot game on. With diverse terrain, and seven traps and bunkers, Pacific golfers can practice their approach, chipping and putting for a wide array of shots. As part of Walter Chang’s vision for a first-class, practice and training facility to help the Tigers elevate the program, the Dr. Glen Albaugh Short Game Area also features Bermuda grass greens, giving Pacific the opportunity to match their training to the type of grass on their next competition course.
Dr. Albaugh arrived at University of the Pacific in 1971, and taught sports psychology for 28 years while coaching the Pacific golf team from 1971 to 1992. Over his 20-year coaching career, he guided the Tigers to a total of six NCAA postseason team appearances, including NCAA Finals bids in 1980 and 1983. In addition, the Tigers were individually represented in NCAA postseason play consistently throughout Albaugh’s tenure. Albaugh led the Tigers to Top-25 national rankings four times during a five-year span from 1979-84. He coached nine All-Americans and three Academic All-Americans in addition to countless individual top-10 finishers and tournament medalists.
Since 1992, Glen has been a sports psychology consultant, working with numerous professional and amateur golfers. In addition, he continues to consult with Pacific coaches and student-athletes. Following the conclusion of his coaching career in 1992, Albaugh continued to serve as a professor in Pacific’s department of sport sciences until 1999.
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PAF Fund Drive
The PAF is currently looking for dedicated fans to participate in the PAF Fund Drive. Volunteers are needed to help ask for donations to support Pacific Athletics, which is integral to the success of the PAF’s primary mission of securing cash and gifts-in-kind.