Women's Golf celebrates debut of simulator
ALBANY, N.Y. – The pings of clubs striking balls echoed through the golf room in SEFCU Arena on Thursday afternoon as the women's golf team debuted its new golf simulator in front of an audience of fans and supporters.
The simulator, installed earlier this month, will be used by the team all year long. But it's especially valuable during the winter as the Great Danes prepare to defend their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship in the spring.
"This project was 100 percent funded through private donations," UAlbany Athletic Director Mark Benson said. "We're extremely grateful to all of the donors who made this a reality, especially Judy Mysliborski, who spearheaded the effort. The simulator will be an invaluable resource for our women's golf program as it works toward another MAAC championship."
The GCQuad golf simulator, a product of the Foresight Sports company, allows UAlbany student-athletes to practice and simulate playing conditions indoors throughout the year. It’s also portable, so the program can use it when travelling to competition sites.
During the demonstration Thursday, student-athletes were able to practice on five different courses and in weather conditions ranging from sunny and warm to 35 degrees and raining. With each swing the simulator gave detailed descriptions of the ball strike efficiency, distance travelled, location and much more.
“It’s hard to believe that after 2 years of working hard to make this project happen, the time has finally come!” Head Coach Colleen Cashman-McSween said. “To be able to use the GCQuad not only in the winter time, but year-round, is a game-changer. This state-of-the-art system not only acts as a simulator in the winter that allows us to play golf courses, practice on the driving range and compete against each other, but it also provides valuable golf-swing data. It is also portable enough to fit into a backpack and can travel with us to tournaments, providing that same data while being used on the driving range at our tournament sites. Not only will it make practicing indoors very exciting from here on out, but it will allow us to teach the full swing and putting more in depth with the analytical feedback it provides.
“I can’t thank enough all the Friends and Families of the Women’s Golf Program who have donated money in support of our mission – especially, Judy Mysliborski who made this project happen with her persistence and dedication to our team and her vision for our future! To be able to call this GC Quad Simulator our own is definitely a dream come true for myself and for this golf program!”