Sewailo GC new home for Arizona Wildcats

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The Arizona Wildcats golf teams will have a new home this spring. Sewailo Golf Club will replace Arizona National as “Home of the Arizona Wildcats,” the programs announced Dec. 13.

“We’re extremely pleased to be joining forces with Sewailo Golf Club as they open their course to the Tucson community,” athletic director Greg Byrne said in a news release. “Arizona National was a wonderful home for our programs, and we thank them for their relationship over the years, but we’re looking forward to this new chapter in Arizona golf. I’ve had the opportunity to play at Sewailo, and I know that our golf programs will benefit from all the top-notch amenities the course and its training facilities have to offer.”

The deal, effective immediately, extends through June 30, 2015 and includes a five-year renewal option. Both programs will have exclusive use of a separate driving range and the course, which is owned by the Pascua Yaqui Tribe as part of the Casino Del Sol Resort. If the agreement were to be renewed in 2015, Arizona would have the right to initiate improvements, such as a clubhouse, hitting bays and other amenities, according to the news release.

"We are thrilled to partner with the University of Arizona as the home of the Arizona Wildcats," said Dan LaRouere, Sewailo's general manager.

The course, designed by Notah Begay III, a former PGA Tour player of Native American heritage, measures 7,400 yards from the championship tees.

“Arizona will now have a new practice facility and a home golf course to help us improve our current players, while attracting high-level student-athletes from around the world," said Laura Ianello, Arizona's head women's coach. "Sewailo is a championship venue with amazing facilities, and I know our players are going to grow immensely thanks to this new practice facility.”

Head men's coach Jim Anderson said: “From day one, the hospitality and welcoming we received has been outstanding. We are very lucky to have so many great courses in Tucson, and now we are excited to have one to call home. The golf course is a very good test and will prepare us for competition throughout the season, while the practice facilities are among the very best in college golf. Having a facility to train and develop our players’ games is a critical piece of our goal to win championships. The addition of this facility will resonate with prospective student-athletes as well, helping to make the University of Arizona one of the most attractive places in the country to play collegiately.”

- Information from Arizona athletics was used in this release

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