Richard Demirjian (pictured) and the Demirjian family were instrumental in the funding of the indoor golf facility.
Aug. 20, 2007
The University of Illinis Division of Intercollegiate Athletics held a dedication ceremony for the J. G. Demirjian Indoor Golf Practice Facility on Sunday, Aug. 19. The 14,150 square foot building is used by both the Illini men's and women's teams for year-round practice, training, instruction and research.
The building was made possible thanks to a lead gift from the Demirjian family of Decatur, Ill. Built at a cost of $5.1 million, the Demirjian Facility is located on St. Mary's Road, across from the Atkins Tennis Center.
Designed by RATIO Architect Inc., the facility measures three-and-a-half stories tall at its highest point. It features the finest amenities, making the facility the home away from home for the Illinois men's and women's golf programs. Head golf coaches Mike Small and Renee Slone believe it is the finest indoor facility in college golf.
The Demirjian Golf Practice Facility opened for use to the UI golf teams in January of 2007. It includes the following features:
* 14,150 gross square foot facility
* 6,300-square foot putting, chipping, and pitching area
* Six heated hitting bays that open onto an outdoor driving range, two of which are outfitted with state of the art video analysis equipment
* Full locker rooms
* Fully equipped golf repair room
* 1,500-square foot team lounge
* Study area with computers
Other significant contributors that have helped make this facility possible include Art Wyatt, Jeff and Madalyn Tinervin, Avy and Marcie Stein, and Steven and Janet Bowsher.