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Worth Noting:

Team Kansas Not a Pete Dye Fan

Beautiful, remote and hard is probably the best way to describe the French Lick Resort (Pete Dye course) golf course in French Lick, Indiana, site of the 2014 US State Team Championship held last week.  A trio from Texas outlasted the other 51 teams to earn the Lonestar State’s fourth title in the 11th playing of the biennial event.  Their winning total was an impressive 4-under par 428.  Kansas won the championship in 2010.

Team Kansas comprised of Bryan Norton, Zac Burton and Doug Albers finished at 26-over par in 38th place.  Norton had the best round of the nine rounds played by the Kansas team.  He shot a one-under par 71 in the second round.

The Kansas team had many of the same difficulties experienced by most of the other players.  Pete Dye golf courses have design elements that tend to raise the bar on difficulty and shot precision.  With very little or no room for error, many of the holes would hand out bogeys and higher as the result of slightest variance from the target.  Despite the difficulty, the Kansas players never quit.  Disappointed with his opening round 78, Norton came back with his under-par round the next day.  Burton had one round that opened with a 12-over par 48 front nine, but then turned it around with a two-under par 34 on the back nine.  Albers started the final round with two lost balls on the first tee for a score of 8 on the hole, but finished the next 17 holes at six-over par.

Congratulations to our Kansas team on giving it your best and representing the Sunflower State with class and pride!

Ross Randall Inducted to Kansas Golf Hall of Fame

Exclaiming that “I’ve seen some of my players here tonight that I haven’t seen in 25 years”, Ross Randall surrounded by former playersRoss Randall emotionally acknowledged the love and support of his Kansas Jayhawk golfers during his induction acceptance in Lawrence on October 5th.  The newest Kansas Golf Hall of Famer was greeted by a crowd of 150 that included over 50 former KU golfers and other friends.

Randall was the golf coach at KU from 1980 until his retirement in 2007.  During that time he won a Big 12 title in 1999 and took his teams to 19 NCAA post-season appearances.  Two notable graduates of the KU program under Randall include PGA Tour winners Matt Gogel and Gary Woodland.

Former players from four decades spoke to the crowd about the influences Randall had on their golf careers and lives.  John Odgen, currently the head golf professional at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, came home to honor “the best teacher he ever had”.  Folds of Honor Foundation and Patriot Golf Day founder Dan Rooney came in from Oklahoma to give his high praise to Randall for giving him the chance to succeed as a “walk-on” and eventually lead the KU team that made two NCAA national championship appearances.   Roy Edwards, the current head golf coach at the University of Colorado, gave Randall credit for showing him how to be a successful college golf coach.  Pete Krsnich and Gary Woodland entertained the crowd with the personal stories of undergraduate amateur golf.

Fittingly, Coach Randall, the first college golf coach to be inducted into the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame, closed his heart-felt remarks with the request to his former players to “send Linda and me pictures of your family.  We are all family here and Linda and I take the greatest pride in seeing and knowing what you are doing with your lives since your days in Lawrence.”

Matt Williams to become the Executive Director of the Georgia State Golf Association

After three golf seasons as the Executive Director of the Kansas City Golf Association, Horton, Matt WilliamsKansas native Matt Williams is headed to Georgia for his next challenge in golf administration.  On November 16th, Williams will assume the leadership position of one of the nation’s most influential state or regional golf associations based in Marietta, Georgia.

Williams will oversee a staff of 13 and lead an Association that provides a wide range of services to golf clubs and golfers in Georgia.  Prior to his post at the KCGA, Williams was the Executive Director of the Sun Country Golf Association for seven years in New Mexico.  That position also included the lead administrator for the state’s PGA Section.

Williams played four years of collegiate golf at Kansas State University and won the 2001 Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship (at Mission Hills CC). He has played in 15 USGA championships.

Matt has strong golf ties throughout Kansas and all Kansans wish him the best in his new mission to help promote and grow the game of golf.


Cary Cozby is Going Home to Oklahoma

By Ken MacLeod (reprinted from Golf Oklahoma)

Cary Cozby will be the new director of golf at Southern Hills Country Club beginning in January Cary Cozbyof 2015.

Cozby, 45, has been the head golf professional since 2000 and chief executive officer since 2005 at Wichita Country Club. He was previously an assistant at Southern Hills from 1995-2000.

"I couldn't be more excited," Cozby told Golf Oklahoma Tuesday. "It was a difficult decision as this place is awesome and we have so many friends here. Wichita Country Club gave me an opportunity when I was an assistant. You could not have asked for a better club to work for. At the same time, I'm from Oklahoma and Southern Hills is the mecca of Oklahoma golf. It's the Yankees to me."

Cozby will replace Dave Bryan, director of golf for the past 26 years at Southern Hills. Bryan's contract extends through the end of 2014.

"We've had a great professional in Dave Bryan and Cary will be a great replacement and carry on the tradition," said Nick Sidorakis, Southern Hills general manager. "He's clearly at the top of the industry. He brings a tremendous amount of knowledge on the golf side and he's been the CEO since 2005, so he brings a lot of experience to the table that other candidates didn't have. He has all the necessary qualities and specifications we wanted in a director of golf."

Cozby is the eldest son of Karole and Jerry Cozby of Bartlesville. Jerry was the long-time head professional at Hillcrest Country Club, raising three boys who all went on to play for the University of Oklahoma in Cary, Craig and Chance. All three are still in the golf business, with Craig serving as a rep for Ping and Chance running the PGA Tour department for Ping.

Cary remembers going to the 1977 U.S. Open at Southern Hills when he was eight years old. He had a white cup with a blue logo that listed all the U.S. Open winners and he had them memorized.

"I remember standing near Lee Trevino and Arnold Palmer," Cary said. "To come back here, when I'm from Oklahoma, my wife is from Stillwater, I played at OU. And Southern Hills is one of the best clubs in the nation."

Cozby overcame a bout with cancer in 2004 that caused him to miss 75 days of work while receiving chemotherapy. In one way, he said that episode tied the two jobs together for him.

"I missed a lot of work and the guys at Wichita never said anything but 'we love you,' " Cozby said. "On the other side, I had my operation in Tulsa and the anesthesiologist said, 'Are you Coz?' I told him yeah, and he said 'there's a bunch of guys at Southern Hills that are going to kill me if I let anything happen to you.' So obviously I have friends here who I'm looking forward to seeing again. That really just tied the two places together for me."

Cozby has won the South Central PGA Professional of the Year award in 2003 and 2009, and has been honored with numerous other section awards. He will be joined in Tulsa by his wife Staci and son Banks. Proud papa Jerry could not be happier.

"Wichita Country Club could not have been better to him or us as a family," Jerry said. "At the same time, we're a golf family in Oklahoma and big believers in Oklahoma golf. Southern Hills is what it's all about, so yeah, we're thrilled."