Former Kansas Men’s Golf Coach Ross Randall to be Inducted into the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Former Kansas men’s golf coach Ross Randall has been selected for induction into the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2014, the Kansas Golf Foundation announced Monday.
Randall will be joined by Fred Rowland of Leawood, Kan., and the duo will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in July at the Champions Dinner preceding the Kansas Amateur at Mission Hills Country Club (July 21-27).
Entering the Hall of Fame in the category of coach, Randall was Kansas’ head men’s golf coach for 28 years, and in May 2007 became KU’s Director of Golf Operations until he retired in June 2009.
An institution at KU for three decades, Randall guided seven KU teams to the NCAA Championships and 19 to NCAA Regionals. His 1989 squad was the first Kansas team to reach the NCAA Finals in 32 years, and his 1996 team advanced to the final two rounds of the NCAA Championships, the second-best finish in Kansas history.
Randall coached five All-Americans during his tenure with the Jayhawks, including three two-time All-American selections: Chris Thompson, Ryan Vermeer and Chris Marshall. He also helped develop 27 all-conference selections including 2007 graduate Gary Woodland, who is competing on the PGA Tour.
In 1999 he took the fifth-seeded Jayhawks into the Big 12 Conference Championship and captured the program’s first league title in 49 years. For his efforts that season, Randall was named the Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year.
The Kansas Golf Foundation, formed in 1991, has as its Mission to “Promote the Future and Preserve the History of Golf in Kansas”. In addition to operating the Hall of Fame, the Foundation provides college scholarships for junior golfers and supports Golf In Schools to introduce golf to students in Kansas schools. More information about the Foundation is available at www.kansasgolf.org.
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