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USF Golf Opens Chowdhari Center

USF's aggressive effort to transform its athletics landscape took another step forward in September with the opening of the Shaukat and Antonina Chowdhari Golf Center.    Located at the USF Golf course, the new 5,040 square-foot facility features a 22-foot-wide dual hitting bay that allows golfers to hit directly onto the driving range, a short-game facility, state-of-the-art video analysis equipment, a multi-purpose fitness center, locker rooms for the men's and women's golf teams, coaches' offices, and a team lounge.

The center was made possible through a gift of $1.4 million from Shaukat Chowdhari, M.D., and Antonina Chowdhari, M.D., of Tampa.   Owners of the University Pain Management Center, the Chowdharis' have also made philanthropic investments in the USF Honors College and USF College of Medicine.   Dr. Shaukat Chowdhari serves on the USF Foundation Board of Directors and the USF:Unstoppable Campaign Cabinet for the College of Medicine.

“This is one way for us to say thanks to USF for letting our family be involved with this kind of philanthropic situation not only in medicine and academia, but also athletics,” Dr. Shaukat Chowdhari said when the Center was first opened to the men's and women's golf teams.

“The Chowdharis’ generous gift will allow USF to provide world-class facilities to its student-athletes and to recruit the best and brightest golfers in the nation to our campus,” USF President Judy Genshaft said. This new facility will allow us to be more competitive and sets a standard of excellence for our students which they carry forward.”

The Center brings the USF Golf program a long way--from not having any locker rooms and storing golf bags in trunks of cars to a country-club-like home that will help student-athletes hone their game and provide a huge boost for recruiting. 

“The Chowdhari Center allows us to compete with schools in the state of Florida, nationally and internationally,” said USF women’s head coach Marci Kornegay. “We’re able to offer the same package that other top teams in the country are offering.”

To learn more about how you can help support the USF Men's and Women's Golf programs, please contact Eric Soncrant at (813) 974-3481 or at soncrant@usf.edu.

--September 2012