Tulsa gets NCAA Women's Golf Championship for second time
Head coaches and student-athletes talked their upcoming seasons and experiences at TU
Jones led the Union HS Girls Golf team to state titles in 2011 and 2012
The Hurricane get C-USA's automatic big after winning the league title
Merkle named Player of the Year, Keck earns Coach of the Year
Randy Keck enters his sixth season at the helm of the Tulsa women's golf program in 2012-13. He was appointed as Golden Hurricane Head Coach on July 6, 2007.
In his five seasons, Keck has led the Golden Hurricane to eight tournament titles, including two Conference USA Championships, four NCAA regional appearances and one NCAA Championship Finals appearance.
In year one, Keck led the Hurricane to four team titles, the school's first Conference USA Championship and back to the NCAA Championship finals for the first time since 2006. Tulsa won its four tournament crowns all in the spring season with victories at the Fresno State Invitational, Samford Invitational, UALR Invitational and the C-USA Championships. The Hurricane placed 19th at the NCAA Championships.
In 2009-10, Tulsa claimed two tournament crowns while placing among the top-5 five times. The 2010-11 campaign saw the Hurricane win one tournament title and advance to the NCAA West Regional.
The 2011-12 season saw the Hurricane women win its' second Conference USA Championship, while Keck earned C-USA Coach of the Year accolades. He also coached two first-team all-conference performers in the likes of Kristina Merkle and Marita Engzelius, while Merkle was crowned the C-USA Golfer of the Year. Keck led Tulsa to seven top-5 performances in 10 tournaments, including six finishes among the top-3.
Keck came to Tulsa after three years as the head coach at Redlands (Okla.) Community College, where his team placed among the top-three at the NJCAA national championship in each of those three seasons.
Keck's 2006 Redlands team was crowned national champions, while his first squad in 2005 finished in third-place and this past season's team placed as the national runners-up. In his three years, Redlands CC has captured 13 tournament titles and placed either first or second in over 50-percent of its tournament appearances.
Keck coached the individual NJCAA national champion in both 2005 and 2006, as current TU golfer Woori Shin captured one of those individual crowns. He was named the 2006 NJCAA Golf Coach of the Year after his team won the national title.
Prior to his stint at Redlands, Keck spent two years as the head coach at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. He coached both the men's and women's golf teams in that capacity, and was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2004.
Before that, he spent four seasons as the head golf coach at Altus (Okla.) High School. In his final season, his Altus team placed second at the 2002 state tournament, while he earned Oklahoma High School Golf Coach of the Year accolades.
"It's exciting to join a program with such great tradition," said Keck, when he was announced as the Hurricane head coach. "It will be exciting to recruit to a University that has enjoyed outstanding success and so many fantastic alums that have been through the golf program."
From 1994-99, Keck was a touring professional, competing on the PGA Tour and Nation Wide Tour. He also taught more than 500 golf lessons during that time span.
A native of Lindsay, Oklahoma, Keck and his wife, Sheryl, have three sons: Clayton, Deacon and Sawyer.
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