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Awarii Dunes: UNK’s Golf’s New Green
Ashley Clatterbuck
Antelope Staff

Currently, the golfers of UNK do not have a course to call home. This will all change when Kearney’s newest golf course, Awarii Dunes, opens its doors featuring the UNK Golf Academy.  

Chad Lydiatt, the coach for both the men’s and women’s golf teams believes the new course will be a major asset to current UNK golfers and aid in attracting potential recruits.

“The UNK Golf Academy at Awarii Dunes will be the place for the golf teams to practice.  Right now they don't have a facility that they can go to everyday,” Lydiatt said. “We hope to fundraise enough money to have a locker room and study area for the golf teams to use as well.”

 “I believe a great practice facility is one of the key components of recruiting the best athletes,” Lydiatt said.  “The UNK Golf Academy along with the golf course will greatly improve what UNK has to offer prospective student-athletes.” 

Awarii Dunes will be available year-round, allowing the golf team to practice through the winter months.

Alex Farrell, a senior men’s golfer from Kearney also thinks that the new Golf Academy will greatly improve UNK’s golf program. 

 “Awarii Dunes is going to be a great addition for UNK golf. One of the problems we have had in the past is that we haven't had anywhere to practice during the winter, and it showed during our first few meets in the spring,“ Farrell said. “Hopefully, with the new indoor golf facility, our games will stay consistent throughout winter and carryover into the spring, “ Farrell said. “I also believe it well help out tremendously for recruiting. It will be one of the best golf facilities in the RMAC and it should help bring in some really good players.” 

The Golf Academy indoor facility will also offer areas to practice specific elements of golf.

 “The golf academy will have three indoor/outdoor hitting bays that can be used year-round, Lydiatt said. “One bay will be teaching specifics where I can video the golf swing and use it on the V1 software.  There will be an indoor putting and chipping green to use during the winter.”

What does the season look like for UNK golf?

 “I think we should be able to finish in the top 5 of the RMAC this season,” Farrell said. “We have the talent here, we just need to be consistent and finish rounds.”

Staying focused is another key point in having a successful season for the UNK golf team.

“We have the potential and skill on our team to compete in the RMAC,” Farrell said. “It seems in the past we have lost focus, so this year we are going to stay focused the entire season and hopefully finish well. We hope to qualify for Super Regional this spring, which unfortunately we missed out on the past couple of seasons. We have a good schedule this fall and some of the courses we get to play are top of the line. I look forward to having a successful year as a team.”

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