RecWell Rewind – University Golf Course Expanded

During the summer of 1972, the University’s nine-hole golf course was expanded to 18 holes in order to increase the University’s golf instructional and recreational facilities.

The original nine-hole golf course was constructed in the early 1960’s with plans to later expand to an 18 hole course. Discussion of adding another nine holes to the course began in the spring of 1971 between Robert Dudley, golf course manager, and AFreshman Keith Hinebaughthletic Director Dick Young. According to Dudley, expanding the course to 18 holes was the only way to increase revenue without drastically increasing the price per round. The idea was discussed with Vice President for Public Services James Hof and University President Hollis A. Moore. A committee was then formed that acquired counseling services from the U.S. Golf Association and U.S. Golf Foundation. H. G. Hassenplug, a golf architect from Pittsburgh, PA heard about the idea and volunteered to help. After a presentation to the Board of Trustees, consent was given during a board meeting on August 31, 1972 to move forward with the project and secure bids.

At the time the typical construction rate for a nine-hole golf course was between $200,000 and $400,000. However, because the University already owned the additional land, and had the electrical power and water required for the expansion, the project only cost $127,999. The golf course addition was operational by the summer of 1973.

A little known fact is that in order to construct the additional 18 holes, the University and the Ohio Highway Department agreed to trade land. When Interstate 75 was constructed, it cut through University owned property. Rather than constructing an underpass to connect to the University’s land on the opposite side of I-75, the University and the Ohio Highway Department agreed to swap land. The University acquired land north of Poe Road and the Highway Department acquired the land on the other side of I-75. This allowed the University to keep the course expansion on the West side of I-75.

For more information about the History of Recreation and Wellness, visit our webpage.

Learn more about the Forrest Creason Golf Course hours, prices and specials for this summer.

RecWell Rewind – New University Golf Course Opened

The new nine-hole, 3,372 yard University Golf Course officially opened on June 7, 1965.

People Playing Golf at the Reconstructed Course
It was decided to relocate the existing nine-hole University golf course to it’s current location north of Stadium Drive in 1962 when plans were made to build a new residential center in its place. Although only a nine-hole course was constructed, plans were made to later expand the course to 18 holes.

Golf pro James Richardson directed and managed the course facilities. The course included a clubhouse that housed a pro shop where golf clubs were available for rent and refreshments could be purchased. The trees planted on the course were of many different varieties to serve as an outdoor laboratory for the biology department and botany students.

For more information about the History of Recreation and Wellness, visit our webpage.

Learn more about the Forrest Creason Golf Course hours, prices and specials for this summer.


Safe Communities Releases Fatal Crash Data

Wood County Safe Communities announced today there have been four fatal crashes in Wood County compared to nine last year at this time.  This is a decrease of five crashes to date.

Safe Communities is also releasing other final statistics from 2015 fatal and serious injury car crashes.

Older driver (recognized as people over the age of 65) involvement in crashes was the top cause of fatalities last year in the category of high risk driving behaviors. Older drivers were involved in 37% of fatalities related to driving and 28% of all serious injury vehicular crashes.

In Wood County in 2015, intersection crashes accounted for 28% of fatalities and were the top contributor of serious injuries. Fixed object crashes were the cause of 26% of serious injury accidents and 30% of all fatalities.

Drivers of all ages are reminded to be aware of these alarming statistics and encouraged to do their part to reduce crashes throughout the remainder of 2016 by buckling up and obeying all traffic laws.

For More Information:

  • Lt. Jerrod Savidge, Ohio State Highway Patrol: 419-352-2481
  • Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator:
    419-372-9353 or swiechm@bgsu.edu

Devin Smith’s Story

 Devin Smith, B.S. in Applied Health Science – Specialization in Health Care Administration (2017)
Student Recreation Center Manager, Wellness Connection Attendant, and Peer Educator

I am a man of strong conviction and believe in the primary value of service to others, with education as a means to that end. Beyond school, working in Recreation and Wellness is part of what makes me happy to be at BGSU, as this environment encourages me lead a balanced and healthy life.

Getting people to care about people is a main motivator to me, and teaching others about a variety of health topics as a Peer Educator achieves that goal.
Growing up in a rough area in Detroit, MI has motivated me to take action to make a difference in the lives of others, and at the Wellness Connection, this opportunity exists. Getting people to care about people is a main motivator to me, and teaching others about a variety of health topics as a Peer Educator achieves that goal. Peer Educators present throughout campus to groups and student organizations on topics including healthy relationships, nutrition, body image, alcohol and other drugs, and sexual health. I enjoy making meaningful connections with others as I share my journey and teach.

While many staff in the department have been a positive influence on me, Faith DeNardo, Wellness Connection director, and Matt Reising, graduate assistant, have taught me so much! They have taken the time to listen to my passions and helped direct me toward success. I’ll admit, at times I thought I could change the world overnight. Matt and Faith supported me to frame and organize my ideas into manageable and feasible action plans, and to apply my leadership ability to our office, to my positions in RecWell, and to my life overall. I recommend getting involved as a Peer Educator and in RecWell programming to any student at BGSU––the people and programs here really make a difference!

Through my work involvement in Recreation and Wellness, I have also had the opportunity to represent BGSU at the Ohio Recreational Sports Association, the BACCHUS Regional conference, and the NASPA conference, proudly winning the 2015 Outstanding Student for the BACCHUS Institute of NASPA.

Beyond BGSU, I enjoy reading, and I am also an EMS for the city of Detroit and serve as a medic in the US Army.


Devin Smith with Dr. Steve Kampf, director of Recreation and Wellness.

Click it or Ticket Kick Off

Wood County Safe Communities Coalition invites you to their fourth annual Click it or Ticket Campaign kickoff. This event is planned at the Perrysburg Wal-Mart at 10400 Fremont Pike on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 4:30-7:00  PM and is sponsored by the Perrysburg Wal-Mart, and Perrysburg Chick-Fil-A.

The Click it or Ticket campaign educates individuals on the importance of wearing a seatbelt while operating a motor vehicle. Law-enforcement agencies are on hand to reward drivers and passengers for being buckled up and numerous displays and safety demonstrations are scheduled.

“Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes. In Wood County alone, 45% of unbelted vehicle occupants died in 2015. That is up 5% from 2014” said Sandy Wiechman, coordinator of Safe Communities of Wood County. “As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash, buckling up.”

According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, 1,110 fatal crashes occurred in 2015 in Ohio with 46% of occupants unbuckled. The main focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is seat-belt education and awareness.

“If you ask the family members of those unrestrained people who were killed in crashes, they’ll tell you—they wish their loved ones had buckled up,” added Wiechman. “The bottom line is that seat belts save lives. If these enforcement and education crackdowns get people’s attention and get them to buckle up, then we’ve done our job.”

For More Information:
Lt. Jerrod Savidge, Ohio State Highway Patrol

Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator
419-372-9353 or swiechm@bgsu.edu

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