Randall retires after 30 years at Kansas

Ross Randall announced his retirement Tuesday after 30 years with the Kansas men’s golf program.

Randall was Kansas’ head men’s golf coach for 28 years. He became the director of golf operations in May 2007 to focus on fundraising for a new indoor hitting facility. That facility was completed in the fall of 2008.

“Ross did a terrific job for Kansas athletics and the University of Kansas,” athletics director Lew Perkins said. “He dedicated his professional life to helping young men become better golfers and better people, and we are grateful for his service.”

Randall guided seven 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. His 1996 team made the cut at the NCAA Championship and recorded 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 Tournament 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.

Randall also currently serves as a PGA professional at Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence and has hosted the Jayhawk Golf Camp each summer since 1980.

Kansas is not expected to replace Randall’s position. Kit Grove will remain the men’s head coach and Erin O’Neil the women’s head coach.

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