two men stand in front of an oversized golf tee sculpture
Ed Durant and Cole Phail worked together to create the artwork and sculpture at Forest Hills Golf Club. [Michael Holahan/Augusta University]

Sculpture unveiled to celebrate 45 years of Jaguars golf at Forest Hills

Members of the Augusta University men’s and women’s golf teams helped unveil a commissioned sculpture at Forest Hills Golf Club, the Jaguars’ home course, on March 6 to commemorate 45 years of golf history between the club and Augusta University.

The nearly 30-foot-long, 8-foot-high white golf tee was created by Ed Durant and painted by artist Cole Phail of Appling. The tee is covered in the Augusta University Victory A and the 1926 founding date for Forest Hills and features a pair of clubs and the back-to-back championships on the head of the piece.

The artwork was dedicated to the Honorable Don Grantham, Forest Hills Committee Chairman, for his work to save the course, which was once in extreme disrepair, and to Beth Evans, a 1971 alumna and longtime supporter of Augusta University golf programs, and wife of Nick Evans Jr., who played golf for the Augusta Jaguars in 1968.

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Denise Parrish

Denise Parrish is Director of Communications for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic at 706-721-9760 or

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