Industry Stalwart Announces Retirement

Bob Randquist.

Lawrence, Kansas, United States: Bob Randquist, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), will retire on October 15.

In his time as COO, Randquist managed a broad and complex array of functions and facilitated multiple projects to meet the objectives of the association.

While he represented GCSAA and maintained relationships with industry and allied partners, his main focus was on internal stakeholders and being an integral part of the headquarters’ culture.

Randquist joined the GCSAA staff in May 2018 after 20 years serving as Director of Golf Course and Grounds at Boca Rio Golf Club in Florida. Prior to Boca Rio, he spent two decades as Superintendent at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he hosted the 1982 and 1994 PGA Championships, the 1995 and 1996 PGA Tour Championships, and helped secure the 2001 US Open.

As a superintendent, Randquist was a highly engaged GCSAA member and served as the Association’s President in 2011. He has been a GCSAA member for 46 years and became a Certified Golf Course Superintendent in 1985.

“Serving GCSAA and its members has allowed me to further contribute to an organisation and membership that provided the educational and professional development opportunities that helped me enjoy a successful career as a golf course superintendent,” Randquist said.

“It has been a pleasure to work with CEO Rhett Evans, the GCSAA Board and all the GCSAA team members. I know that their efforts will continue to help our members increase their skills, professionalism and earn recognition for the work they are so passionate about.”

Randquist graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering. While training in engineering, he spent his college years working on the crew at Trosper Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City. Upon graduating, he was offered the Assistant Superintendent position at Trosper Park, and his career path was set.

In addition to his staff and board roles at the GCSAA, Randquist also served the golf industry in other organisations. On the local level, he served on the Board of the Palm Beach Golf Course Superintendents Association and was President of the Oklahoma Golf Course Superintendents Association and Oklahoma Turfgrass Research Foundation.

Randquist served on the USGA Green Section Committee for 27 years and has been honoured by the USGA with its Ike Grainger Award, which recognises 25 years of volunteer service.

Randquist shared his expertise with others as a seminar instructor for the GCSAA Conference and Trade Show and has been a speaker at industry events for organisations around the world, including the USGA, PGA of America, Canadian Golf Superintendents Association and the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association.

“I had the privilege of serving alongside Bob both during his GCSAA Board service and as a staff member, and it has been a joy to work with someone so calm, passionate and professional with such a high level of expertise,” Evans said.

“Bob shows by example that excellence is something to aim for every day. I congratulate him on his standout career and wish him the very best as he moves on to this well-deserved next chapter of his life,” added Evans

Upon his retirement, Randquist and his wife, LaVada, will return to their native Oklahoma to be closer to their family, which includes daughters, Jennifer and Laura, and granddaughter, Scout.

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