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Golf to Open Clubhouse on Homecoming Weekend

September 19, 2014
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Liberty's men's golf program will officially open the Clarkson Clubhouse, the new home for the program, with a grand opening ceremony during Liberty University's annual Homecoming Weekend.

The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m., on Oct 4, at the Clarkson Clubhouse, which is located atop Liberty Mountain off Lone Jack Road (707 Lone Jack Road, Rustburg, Va.).

The Clarkson Center features coaching staff office space, player locker rooms and lounges, meeting rooms and a picturesque grand lobby that overlooks the Flames' driving range and putting greens.

During the ceremony, Liberty Athletics will publicly thank Barry and Pam Clarkson, Jeff and Gaye Benson and Scott and Kelli Overton, the major donors for the 4,600-square foot facility.

Additionally, former head men's golf coaches Mike Hall (1984-92) and Frank Landrey (1992-2004) will be honored for the groundwork they laid for the program with the naming of the Hall-Landrey Coaching Center and the Hall-Landrey Team Room.

The 1,200-square foot building, which will serve as the coaching center, sits adjacent to the Clarkson Center and presents Liberty's golf program with four heated hitting bays to allow the Flames to practice year round.

The ceremony will include remarks from Liberty Director of Athletics Jeff Barber, Liberty Head Men's Golf Coach Jeff Thomas and a ribbon cutting to officially open the building, plus special guests hitting the ceremonial first drives from the facility's new driving range.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, contact the Flames Club at (434) 582-CLUB (2582) or by email at FlamesClub@liberty.edu.

Liberty's golf program opens its 2014-15 season next Monday when the Flames travel to Toledo, Ohio, to participate in the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational. The two-day event, 54-hole event is hosted by Toledo at the renowned Inverness Club, site of four U.S. Open and two PGA Championship events.

Last year, the Flames had another successful season on the course, claiming their third Big South title in the last four years and advancing to NCAA Regional play for the fourth season in a row. Liberty finished the year ranked No. 35 in the country by Golfstat and No. 38 by Golfweek.