Steve Kerr (Rec’78) played golf at CU and so did his daughter, Erin Kerr (Jour’05), and thanks to his generosity the university’s golf programs now have an official course to call home.
Kerr purchased Vista Ridge Golf Club in Erie and renamed it Colorado National Golf Club in honor of it becoming home for the CU men’s and womens’ teams. A 30-year licensing and usage agreement was announced in March, and a variety of CU functions will be held at the club.
“This speaks to Steve’s character and how big a Buff he is,” women’s golf coach Anne Kelly says.
Three-time U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin (Mktg’67) participated in grand opening ceremonies at CNGC on May 2.
Meanwhile, No. 1 female player, freshman Emily Childs, decided to transfer and didn’t compete after February. Freshman Emily Talley earned all-tournament honors at the Big 12 meet by finishing sixth, and the Buffs received an NCAA regional berth for the first time in the 15-year history of the womens’ golf program.
On the men’s side, Pat Grady matched senior Derek Tolan with two individual victories for the regular season by winning CU’s Stevinson Ranch Invitational in April. For the fourth consecutive year, the men’s team played in the NCAA tournament regionals. The Coloradan went to press before the May 14-16 event.