NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma officially dedicated the Ransom Short Course on Friday, providing OU golfers with an elite level training facility at their home course.
The 11-acre Ransom Short Course was constructed with a layout similar to that of a par-3 course, featuring four holes surrounded by multiple bunkers and each green in a different style.
Designed by Tripp Davis, the Ransom Short Course was opened in October 2017.
The Ransom Short Course was added to OU’s golf facilities along with improvements to Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. The combination of the short and 18-hole courses will give OU premier training facilities that rank among the best in the nation.
“The word transformational easily comes to mind, because this facility greatly assists in the development of our men's and women's golf student-athletes and programs overall,” said OU Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione. “When you think about what Jerry Ransom has done, it's a transformational gift to transform the game for our student-athletes.”
Ransom, who graduated from OU in 1966, began playing at Jimmie Austin as a student. As a long-time supporter of the program, Ransom was a regular player in the Sooner Open and began discussing the project with Hybl years ago.
“I'd always wanted to do something for the university and then this opportunity came up,” said Ransom. “I have a passion for golf so this fit me and my goals. I've talked to some of the players and they've already said their short game, their putting, everything has already improved. It's having an impact on the team and I think that's the real focus of this - how the coaches have used this and how it's developing their players.”
The addition of the short course has already made a noticeable difference in the practice and training of both golf programs.
"When you think about what Jerry Ransom has done, it's a transformational gift to transform the game for our student-athletes."
- Joe Castiglione
“The Ransom Short Course has been a game-changer already for us this year,” said women’s golf head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. “We've been able to practice shots that we've never had the opportunity to practice before. To have the chance to get better and really work on our wedges, it's been an incredible facility for us.”
Located just minutes from the heart of the OU campus, the Charlie Coe Center, Ransom Short Course and Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club all provide the programs with unprecedented facilities in one location.
“The Ransom Short Course puts us over the top when it comes to facilities,” said men’s golf head coach Ryan Hybl. “The gift that Jerry and his family have given is almost unspeakable - it's so good and classy and couldn't come from a better guy. Our current student-athletes and our future ones from recruiting will benefit from this. They'll be able to go out and hit any shot that's possible on a golf course and it's right here on their doorstep.”
Both golf programs have already been utilizing the short course and look to reap from its benefits this week. The men’s team hosts the NCAA Norman Regional beginning Monday at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club while the women’s team opens play at the NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla., on Friday.
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