The Virginia golf teams enjoy the use of its new Lewis. W. Oehmig short-game practice facility at Birdwood Golf Course. The $850,000 facility was funded entirely by private donations to the Virginia Athletics Foundation.
Named in honor of Lewis W. Oehmig (1916-2002), one of the University's most accomplished golfers and true gentlemen of the game of golf, the new practice areas will give Virginia players greater opportunity to refine their game, allowing them to develop the control and confidence that are vital to consistent performance.
Described by many as an inspiration to younger players, Oehmig will be remembered for a long and distinguished amateur career that spanned five decades.
His love of the game was evident in the amateur status he maintained during his lifetime. Oehmig was an eight-time winner and five-time runner-up in the Tennessee State Amateur Championship between 1937 and 1971, a feat that will be hard to duplicate. He became the oldest USGA Champion in history when he won the 1985 U.S. Senior Amateur at age 69. That victory was his third U.S. Senior title, having won in both 1972 and 1976. Oehmig also captured the 1976 International Senior Amateur and was runner up in the U.S. Senior in 1973, 1977 and 1979.
As an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, Oehmig was co-medalist at the 1937 National Intercollegiate Tournament and led the Virginia team to a semifinal finish. Forty years after he captained the UVa team, Oehmig served as captain of the U.S. Walker Cup Team in 1977.
Oehmig Short-Game Facility
Google Driving Directions
From the East or West: I-64 to exit 118B (Culpeper-Charlottesville). Take second exit (sign will say University of Virginia Information Center and Business 250 East) and turn left onto Ivy Rd. Go through one stoplight and take second left onto Golf Course Drive.
From the North: Take Route 29 south into Charlottesville (Emmet St.). Turn right at Ivy Rd. Take Ivy about less than a mile then turn left onto Golf Course Dr.
From the South: Take Route 29 to Business Route 250 East (sign will say University of Virginia Information Center) and turn right onto Ivy Rd. Go through one stop light and take second left onto Golf Course Drive.