The Rawls Course
THE RAWLS COURSE
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It took a visionary like Jerry Rawls to imagine that a truly world-class golf course could be carved out of a cotton farm in the West Texas Panhandle. Positioned on the Texas South Plains on a short-grass prairie, the course design positions Texas Tech as a leader in NCAA championship golf.
Alumnus Jerry S. Rawls made it possible for Texas Tech Golf to have its own territory by donating $8.6 million toward the total cost of approximately $14-15 million in 2001 and the course was then named for him.
Completed in September 2003, the 270-acre parcel, located at the northernmost point of the campus proper, features an 18-hole championship-level course with a 60-acre driving range as well as pitching and chipping areas. The 7,100-yard golf course has very undulating fairways, beautiful bent grass greens and many deep bunkers. Dedicated facilities for both golf teams existing, including collegiate-exclusive pitching and chipping areas and an indoor facility with three hitting bays, one each for the men and the women, both featuring the best video technology possible.
In December of 2000, Mr. Rawls gave $25 million to Texas Tech, then the largest gift ever received by the university, to the College of Business Administration, which was named after him. An avid golfer, Mr. Rawls' funds and support of the Rawls Course in subsequent years have been deeply appreciated by the Texas Tech family, by its nationally prominent golf teams and by the community at large.
Jerry Rawls excelled in math and science at an early age and upon graduating from Bellaire High School in Houston, he entered the engineering program at Texas Tech in 1962. He earned his Bachelor of Science of Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University in 1967 and went on to earn a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University in 1968. In 2002 Texas Tech University bestowed him the prestigious "Distinguished Engineer" citation.
Mr. Rawls served as Co-Principal Executive Officer of Finisar Corp. from August 1999 to August 2008 and its Executive Chairman since January 2006. From September 1968 to February 1989, Mr. Rawls served at Raychem Corporation, where he served various management positions including Division General Manager of the Aerospace Products Division and Interconnection Systems Division.
While at Tech, he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, the Saddle Tramps, the Student Senate, the engineering honor societies Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma, and was elected Business Manager of the Texas Tech Student Body. He has continued this service to education and leadership through many outstanding philanthropic endeavors.
During the fall of 2010, The Texas Tech University System and Chancellor Hance kicked off a $1 billion fundraising campaign that will help provide the resources necessary to continue the growth and success of the system's three universities. Vision & Tradition: The Campaign for Texas Tech is co-chaired by Ed Whitacre, former chairman of the board of General Motors Co. and Jerry Rawls, executive chairman of Finisar Corp.
Now professionally managed by Troon Golf, the course Web site can be found at: The Rawls Course. The Rawls Course now has an app for your smartphone available on the Android Market and Apple App stores. There is no charge for the application and some of the key features include: GPS Caddie, Interactive Scorecard, CarFinder, Troon Cam, Access to The Rawls Course Facebook page, Capability to book tee times, and Real-time weather.