The former golf course superintendent served as president of the association in 2011
Lawrence, Kan. — Bob Randquist, CGCS, chief operating officer of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), announced that he will be retiring on October 15.
As COO, Randquist managed a wide and complex array of functions and facilitated multiple projects to achieve the association’s goals. While representing GCSAA and liaising with industry and allied partners, his primary focus was internal stakeholders and being an integral part of the head office culture.
Randquist joined the GCSAA staff in May 2018 after 20 years as Golf Course and Grounds Manager at Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, Florida. Prior to Boca Rio, he spent two decades as superintendent at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. ., where he hosted the 1982 and 1994 PGA Championships, the 1995 and 1996 PGA Tour Championships, and helped secure the 2001 US Open.
As superintendent, Randquist was a very committed member of the GCSAA and served as president of the association in 2011. He has been a member of the GCSAA for 46 years and became a certified golf course superintendent in 1985.
“Serving GCSAA and its members has allowed me to contribute more to an organization and membership that has provided the educational and professional development opportunities that have helped me achieve a successful career as a golf course superintendent,” Randquist said. “It has been a pleasure to work with CEO Rhett Evans, the GCSAA Board of Directors and all members of the GCSAA team. I know their efforts will continue to help our members increase their skills, professionalism and to recognize the work they are 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 golf course team at Trosper Park in Oklahoma City. Upon graduation, he was offered the position of Assistant Superintendent at Trosper Park GC, and his career path was mapped out.
In addition to his roles on the GCSAA staff and Board of Directors, Randquist has also served the golf industry in other organizations. Locally, he has served on the board of the Palm Beach Golf Course Superintendents Association and served as president of the Oklahoma Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Oklahoma Turfgrass Research Foundation. Randquist served on the USGA Green Section Committee for 27 years and was honored by the USGA with its Ike Grainger Award, which recognizes 25 years of volunteer service.
Randquist has 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 organizations around the world including the USGA, PGA of America, the Canadian Association of Golf Superintendents and the British and International Golf Greenkeepers. Association.
“I have had the privilege of serving alongside Bob both during his tenure on the GCSAA Board and as a staff member, and it has been a joy to work with someone so calm, passionate and professional with such a level of expertise,” said Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA. said. “Bob is showing by example that excellence is something to strive for every day. I congratulate him on his outstanding career and wish him the best as he moves on to this next well-deserved chapter of his life.
Upon retirement, Randquist and his wife, LaVada, will return to their native Oklahoma to be closer to their family, which includes their daughters, Jennifer and Laura, and granddaughter, Scout.
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a premier golf organization in the United States. It focuses on golf course management, and since 1926 the GCSAA has been the premier professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and around the world. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kansas, the association provides education, information, and representation to more than 19,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and improve communities through the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org or find us on Facebook Where Twitter. Visit our industry leading magazine at GCMonline.com.
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