The golf courses at city owned Mozingo Lake Recreation Park will have new logos and new names for the 2015 season.
Assistant City Manager Ryan Heiland earlier this week unveiled a new set of logos for what he said is to be henceforth known as “Sechrest 18,” formerly — but never officially — Mozingo Lake Golf Course and “Watson 9,” a nine-hole course scheduled to open this spring.
During its construction over the past year, the city has been calling the new layout the Tom Watson Junior Golf Course at Mozingo Lake. But Heiland said the course is now to be known simply as “Watson 9” in order to differentiate it from the original 18-hole course built in the 1990s.
Heiland told the Maryville City Council on Monday that PGA golf star Tom Watson, whose company designed Watson 9, gave his blessing to both names during a visit to Mozingo last month for a public radio program regularly hosted by Northwest Missouri State University President John Jasinski.
The program is set to air in March on university owned KXCV/KRNW.
“Mr. Watson graciously confirmed (the city’s) rights to using his name in the Watson 9 brand,” Heiland said.
The new logos, which will appear on hole flags and signage at the golf complex, feature the stylized cluster of prairie grass common to other Mozingo graphics. Beneath the grass image the words “Watson” or “Sechrest” appear above a ruled line beneath which is the number “9” or “18.”
Heiland said slight variations of the logo are to be used on balls, branded merchandise, stationary, web pages and other promotional spaces.
He said distinct names for the two courses are needed in order to simplify things for both park staff and patrons, and that the names were chosen in order to honor the courses’ two designers, Watson and the late Donald Sechrest, who was born in St. Joseph.
During his career, Sechrest designed more than 90 golf courses, mostly in the Midwest. A graduate of Christian Brothers High School and Oklahoma State University, he played college golf before moving up to the PGA Tour.
Watson was considered one of the best players in the world in the 1970s and ’80s, winning eight major championships and heading the PGA Tour money list five times.
His eight major championships include five (British) Opens, two Masters titles and one U.S. Open title.
In all, Watson ranks 6th on the list of most major championship victories behind Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tiger Woods, and Walter Hagen.