HOW IT ALL STARTED
Crenshaw and his wife, Julie, were first introduced to campus during trips to visit their youngest daughter, Anna Riley, who is graduating from the physician assistant program in May.
“Our trips here have been so pleasant – seeing the campus, which we love. This (partnership) just sort of happened,” he said. “Both the women’s and the men’s golf teams have done so well. When we were introduced to the property around campus and then around the athletic facilities, we thought it'd be nice to have a facility for the golfers. If we could do that, it could be a great recruitment tool for them, and something fun for them to practice with.”
O'Rear says this is another first-class facility to add to the UMHB campus.
“We already have a rich history of success in our golf programs, and the new clubhouse and practice facility will elevate our programs to an even higher level,” he said. “Our men’s and women’s teams have thrived over the years, even with no place on campus to call their own. The university is blessed to be able to provide this excellent new home for UMHB golf.”
Santee, who will be designing the golf clubhouse, has served as the university’s campus master planner for more than 10 years. He is the designer of UMHB’s Crusader Stadium, which opened in 2013, and other world-class, award-winning venues such as Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, N.Y.; Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn.; and Minute Maid Park and NRG Stadium in Houston.
“The first time I came to meet Randy (O’Rear) was with Drayton McLane (Jr.), and as I walked around the campus with them, I just felt welcome here. It felt like a really great campus,” he said. “If I were a student, UMHB would be an option for me!”
He said he built a bond with administrators over the years, and now UMHB is one of his “favorite clients.”
“It is such a special place.” Santee said. “I have been brought into the culture of UMHB over the years, and I appreciate it. It’s something I cherish in a lot of ways.”
Santee said he is excited to team up with Ben Crenshaw, and like him, he loves the idea of sustaining the beauty of the area.