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Oakland University alumnus and former member of the men’s golf team makes a gift to fund the design of a state-of-the-art facility for today’s student golfers.

A woman golfing.


icon of a calendarNovember 17, 2020

icon of a pencilBy Catherine Ticer

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A generous gift from former OU men’s golf team member Chad Elliott, parents R. Hugh and Nancy Elliott, and the R. Hugh and Nancy Elliott Foundation will fund the design process for a state-of-the-art indoor practice and locker room facility for OU’s men’s and women’s golf teams.

Two Oakland University golf bags.

Chad Elliott played for the Golden Grizzlies from 2004 to 2007. His score of 219, recorded in 2007, is ranked sixth all-time in program history for the lowest conference championship score. He was also an All-conference selection in 2007.

“Designing this new structure is the first step towards meeting an important need for OU’s golf teams,” says Chad Elliott. “We are excited to get the project started.”

Currently, student golfers utilize public practice facilities located off campus, which can be challenging to access around class schedules. An indoor facility would allow student golfers to practice and perfect their game on campus, year-round, regardless of weather conditions. The proposed facility would also elevate OU’s golf program among other Division I schools in recruiting prospective student-athletes and competing on a national level.

The Elliott family has a longstanding legacy of support at OU. Hugh and Nancy Elliott have generously funded scholarships and other initiatives benefiting students and student-athletes. Elliott Tower, Elliott Hall, and the Hugh and Nancy Elliott Room in the O’rena are named in their honor.

A woman kneeling with a golf club.

Steve Waterfield, director of athletics, is grateful to the Elliott family for their commitment to the success of student-athletes. “Funding the design of an indoor practice facility brings us closer to meeting the unique needs of OU’s golf teams,” says Waterfield. “We thank the Elliott family for their dedication to our student-athletes and the winning future of Oakland University Athletics.”

Learn more about the indoor golf facility or pledge your support by contacting Mike Westfall, vice president for university advancement, at [email protected].

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