Randy Towner

Athlete • Inducted 2013

Randy Towner

Randy Towner was a member of the inaugural golf team at Johnson County Community College in 1971-72, and was the team’s top performer in both his freshman and sophomore seasons. Voted team captain and selected MVP both years, Towner set a standard of excellence that future generations of Cavalier golfers would try emulate.

In that inaugural season in 1971-72, Towner would help lead the Cavaliers to a NJCAA National Tournament appearance. He again led the team to another appearance his sophomore year. It would be 24 years before another team reached nationals in consecutive seasons.

At the 1973 Championship, Towner finished 30th overall with a 72-hole total of 299. He opened with a 71, closed with a 72 and posted scores of 77 and 79 in the second and third rounds. His 299 total was a school record until 2004, a span of 31 years. His round of 71 remained a record for 32 years.

After JCCC, Towner began his career path to become a PGA teaching professional. He attended the PGA of America school and completed his apprenticeship in Port Saint Lucie, Fla. In 1976, he became a certified PGA teaching professional, working at St. Andrews Golf Course in Overland Park.

During his long career as a PGA professional, Towner has received many prestigious honors. He was named the Midwest Section PGA Player of the Year in 1983; the Spalding National Teacher of the Year in 1995; the Midwest Section PGA Senior Player of the Year in 2007; and the Midwest PGA Professional of the Year in 2010.
Towner also became the first person to play professionally in JCCC history. In June 2007, he qualified for the U.S. Senior Open Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., by winning a local qualifying tournament at Oakwood Country Club. The U.S. Senior Open was held July 5-8, 2007.