Columbus State University's golf program will have a shiny new studio this fall.
Officials and supporters held a ground breaking ceremony Monday morning at the site of the new Key Golf Studio.
Former Masters champion Larry Mize and former local amateur golf champion Billy Key attended the ceremony.
The facility is being named for Key, a financial backer of the project and a Georgia Golf Hall of Fame member.
Key, now the retired president of First National Bank of Columbus, won the Georgia State Junior Championships in 1946-48. Among other honors and wins, Key was ranked the No. 2 senior golfer in the U.S. by Golf Digest in 1990.
The Key Golf Studio is being built on 13 acres of land and an adjacent lot formerly housing the Boutwell Chiropractic Clinic. According to a CSU release, the project is being developed in phases, entirely with private funds, with the goal of it becoming a facility that attracts and trains some of the best collegiate golfers in the country. It will be home to CSU's men's and women's golf teams, and it's where instructors will teach CSU student golf classes.
Mize's son, Robert Mize, is currently a member of CSU's golf team. Larry Mize is helping design the studio.