Ketcham Named as UA Golf Coach
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former Razorback golfer Mike Ketcham has been named as the new University of Arkansas men’s golf coach it was announced by UA Athletic Director Frank Broyles on Saturday.
Ketcham competed at Arkansas in both the 1985-86 and 1986-87 campaigns before beginning a successful playing and coaching career. With his appointment, Ketcham becomes the 12th head coach in the UA golf program’s history.
“It is obviously a thrill for my family to come back and be a part of the Razorback family again,” Ketcham said. “It is an exciting time for all of us. I’m looking forward to the opportunity that Coach Broyles has provided to be involved with a program with such a great tradition.”
Ketcham rejoins the UA golf program after spending the last five seasons as the head coach at Oregon State University. Last season, Ketcham led the Beavers to their best finish in school history with a 12th place showing at the 2001 NCAA Golf Championships in Durham, N.C.
Prior to his stint at OSU, Ketcham guided the San Jose State University golf program for two seasons. He also served two seasons as the head golf coach at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“Not only is Mike a great player, but he is a great instructor and disciplinarian,” Broyles said. “He played here and he wanted the job. He wanted to come back to Arkansas. That was crucial. He has done a great job building programs at San Jose State and Oregon State. I’m confident that he will return our program to the highest competitive level.”
Arkansas has earned 12 NCAA appearances and boasts 33 All-America selections in its history.
A biographical sketch on Ketcham is attached to the release.
MIKE KETCHAM (Arkansas, 1988)
UA Head Golf Coach
A former University of Arkansas golfer and graduate, Mike Ketcham is entering his first season as UA Head Golf Coach. Ketcham is the 12th coach in the history of the UA golf program.
He joins the Razorbacks after five successful seasons at Oregon State University. Under Ketcham’s guidance, the Beavers earned four consecutive NCAA west regional bids and the school’s highest ever NCAA Championships finish (12th) in 2001. Four golfers earned All Pac-10 honors in 2000 on the way to a second place league finish. The Beavers captured four team tournament titles in the past four seasons and garnered the first Top 25 ranking in school history during that same span. In addition, the OSU golf program boasted the highest grade point average of any men’s team at the university.
Prior to his stint at OSU, Ketcham served two seasons at San Jose State University leading the Spartans to two NCAA west regionals and one NCAA Championships. In 1996, Ketcham was named Big West Coach of the Year after guiding the Spartans to a 10th place finish at the NCAA Championships. SJSU won two tournament titles and was consistently ranked in the nation’s top 25 in Ketcham’s tenure. Spartan golfers earned both All-America and All Big West honors under his tutelage.
The Ottumwa, Iowa native started his coaching career as the mentor of the Scottsdale Community College program in Arizona. In his two seasons at SCC, he led the team to the National Junior College Athletic Association championships in both 1993 and 1994. His squads compiled an 84-1 conference record while earning a pair of conference and regional titles. Eight golfers earned All-America status in his tenure. For his efforts, Ketcham was twice named NJCAA Coach of the Year.
Ketcham’s amateur playing career started with two seasons at Odessa (Texas) Junior College. He earned junior college All-America honors on his way to leading his squad to a second-place finish at the 1985 NJCAA championships. He also earned Iowa Amateur of the Year honors and qualified for the 1985 U.S. Amateur Championships by winning the Iowa qualifying regional.
He transferred to Arkansas to play for coach Steve Loy in time for the 1985-86 campaign. Ketcham was a part of Razorback squads that finished 16th and sixth respectively at the 1986 and 1987 NCAA Championships.
Ketcham entered the professional ranks in 1988. He played on the U.S. Golf Tour, Asian Tour and Canadian Tour. His four-year pro career included two trips to the PGA Tour Qualifying School as well as working with Chuck Hogan of Sports Enhancement Associated and Peter Kostis.
The physical education graduate has also served as tournament director for the 1993 and 1994 NCJAA Golf Championships, sports information director at Scottsdale C.C., and as a coach for the United States at the World University Games in Madrid, Spain.
Ketcham and his wife Kathryn, have one daughter, Kelsey (6), and one son, Michael (4).
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