By John Torsiello,
Reprinted from Golf Range Magazine – November, 2017 issue (pages 54-57)
San Jose State’s $10 million golf practice facility is impacting the university golf program and the community
Roger Maltbie was among the many San Jose State alumni whose private contributions funded the Spartan Golf Complex.The significance of the occasion was not lost on San Jose State University (SJSU) alumni, former PGA Tour player and television personality Roger Maltbie. He was among those in attendance at the recent opening of the school’s expansive, $10.2 million golf practice and training facility.
“This (known formally as the Spartan Golf Complex) means so much to young the men and women who play golf here and what a great recruiting tool it is. In addition, because of its location in downtown San Jose, it will serve as a great outreach to the community and provide a strong link between the community and the school,” describes Maltbie, a member of SJSU golf team from 1972-73.
In addition to Maltbie, SJSU has a rich golf tradition, producing such professionals as Julie Inkster, Patty Sheehan and Ken Venturi.
Not only will the next crop of great players have access to the new complex, the general public will have the opportunity to sharpen their skills when it’s not being used by students, which in turn will help fund the upkeep of the facility and its other components.