A former golf coach at KU Athletics Ross Randall passed away on Friday night, leaving Kansas sad.
The Hall of Fame KU golf legend led the Jayhawks for almost three decades. Randall joined KU in 1979, helping seven teams to the NCAA Championships and 19 teams to the regionals.
Randall achieved several feats at KU during his time. He led the team in 1989 that reached the NCAA finals for the first time in 32 years. He also supervised the team that reached the final rounds at the Championships in 1996 – the second best finish for KU in history.
The coach oversaw the development of three All American selections in Chris Marshall, Chris Thompson and Ryan Vermeer. He helped 27 protégés to become all-conference picks including 2007 graduate Gary Woodland who is playing in the PGA Tour.
“This is a sad day for KU Athletics and the men’s golf program. Ross Randall meant a lot to the program and to the hundreds of players he coached. Ross and Linda didn’t have any children of their own, but they had many golfers who they cared for and mentored while at KU and after graduation,” the head coach Jamie Bermel said after the news of his death filtered in.
Bermel added that he coached Ross for many years, adding that the deceased had “a great feel for the game and a great feel for his players.”
The Athletic Director at KU Sheanhon Zenger also praised Randall’s exploits whilst at Kansas, labelling him as “one of its all-time greats.”
“For 30 years, Coach Randall gave himself to the KU men’s golf team and achieved great success. Beyond his NCAA Championship and NCAA Regional appearances, his legacy will be left with his many connections with former student-athletes and the Kansas golfing community,” Zenger added.
Randall was the Director of Gold Operation from 2007 until his retirement two years later. The Kansas Golf Foundation inducted him into the Kansas Hall of Fame in 2014 for his contributions to the sport.