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Tee it up: Rockwood to receive golf simulator

January 16, 2019

Golfers at Rockwood Area High School will soon be able to take their sport into the virtual world.

During a meeting Tuesday night, the school board unanimously voted to approve a donated golf simulator from district resident Larry Sanner.

Superintendent Mark Bower said that Sanner is a Rockwood alumnus and district grandfather.

“As always we are very appreciative of the support of the community,” Bower said, “and of our academic and extracurricular programs.”

The only other school in the county with a golf simulator that Bower said he is aware of is Conemaugh Township.

He said that installation of the simulator in Rockwood will begin on Saturday, and the machine should be functional in the next few months. It is being installed in Lab 121.

“The golf team’s excited about it,” he added. “It certainly benefits the overall program.”

High school Principal Misty Demchak said that the simulator works by having student-athletes hit a golf ball into a virtual screen. She said that once the ball hits the screen it drops but keeps going on the virtual course.

“The future,” she said with a laugh. “It’s cutting edge.”

Bower didn’t have an estimate on what the equipment costs, but said during the meeting it was several thousand dollars.

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