Former OSU player Robertson is new Cowgirl golf coach

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STILLWATER – Oklahoma State Director of Athletics Mike Holder has announced former Cowboy golfer and four-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year Greg Robertson as the new head coach of the Cowgirl golf program.

Robertson spent the last six seasons as the head coach at Kent State where he won 27 tournaments, including six Mid-American Conference titles, and coached four WGCA All-Americans, six MAC Golfers of the Year and five conference tournament medalists. He also led the Golden Flashes to each of the last three NCAA Championships, where they advanced to match play twice.

During his six years at Kent State, Robertson coached eight different players to 26 individual wins. He also coached 29 all-conference picks, including a WGCA All-America selection for four-time winner Karoline Stormo.

As a Cowboy, Robertson was a teammate of OSU men’s golf coach Alan Bratton on the 1995 NCAA Championship squad and a letterman on the 1996 Big Eight championship team.

“I couldn’t be happier for our current players, recruits, and future students,” Holder said. “We’re blessed that he’s accepted the challenge of leading our women’s program and I’m expecting him to do great things. Welcome home Cowboy!”

Kent State entered the 2019 NCAA Championships ranked No. 5 in the GolfStat national rankings after taking home their first regional title, sweeping the NCAA East Lansing Regional with a 4-under 860. Four of the five All-MAC First Team selections went to Kent State golfers in 2019.

Robertson helped the Kent State program peak at the right time – the postseason. The Golden Flashes advanced to the NCAA Championships in each of his last three seasons, with match play appearances at Rich Harvest Farms in 2017 and Karsten Creek in 2018. In fact, Kent State earned program-best fifth-place finishes in 2017 and 2018.

Under Robertson, the Golden Flashes set the school record for wins in a season three times, lowered the team scoring average to a program-best 288.15 in 2019 and posted the lowest individual and team scores in MAC history.

His resume in the classroom is just as impressive. Robertson has coached 12 WGCA All-American Scholars and 14 Academic All-MAC selections, and his squads have earned multiple NCAA Public Recognition Awards.

“Oklahoma State is a very special place to me, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be coming back to Stillwater,” Robertson said. “If there’s one place that I would call my ‘dream job,’ this would be it.  I can’t wait to get started with the team and working towards winning a national championship. A lot of great things are happening with Oklahoma State athletics, and I’m proud to be part of it.”

Robertson joined the Golden Flashes from Purdue where he was the associate head coach for 11 seasons, working with both the men’s and women’s programs. He was honored with the Jan Strickland Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 2005, which is given to the best assistant coach in the country.

Purdue advanced to the NCAA Championships during each year of his tenure on staff. The Boilermakers captured the 2010 national title and Maria Hernandez was the NCAA individual champion in 2009. Overall, the Purdue women’s golf team had five top-5 NCAA finishes, one NCAA Regional title, and five Big Ten titles with Robertson on staff.

Purdue also boasted 16 All-American selections, seven Big Ten medalists, six Big Ten Player of the Year recipients, and 40 All-Big Ten selections during that time. The Boilermakers were one of just two programs to earn a top-10 finish at each of the NCAA Championships from 2006-13.

In his time with both Kent State and Purdue, Robertson has consistently led student-athletes to the top level of professional golf. Seven players under Robertson have earned their LPGA card, with Jennifer Ha becoming the first player in Kent State history to earn her card in 2017. In addition, former Purdue players Adam Schenk and Tyler Duncan earned their PGA card, while Shiv Kapur competed on the European Tour.

Robertson also has extensive experience as a caddy. He carried the bag for his sister, JoJo, at the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open, where she tied for 59th as an amateur.

His work as a caddie has been instrumental in the success of former Boilermaker star Maria Hernandez, having worked with her on several occasions. Robertson caddied for Hernandez during the final stage of LPGA Q-School in 2009 (t-5th), as well as the U.S. Women’s Open in both 2009 (t-34th) and 2010 (t-41st), the 2010 LPGA Tour Championship (t-68th) and the 2014 LPGA Marathon Classic (t-69th).  Most recently, Hernandez made the cut in the 2015 LPGA Canadian Pacific Women’s Open with Robertson at her side.

Robertson also caddied for Kent State standout Jennifer Ha at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in 2014 prior to her senior season where Ha finished tied for 64th as an amateur in the LPGA event. Ha beat three Top 20 players in the world.  Robertson’s golfers have now made the cut in all seven LPGA events he has caddied in.

He has also walked with former Oklahoma State teammate Chris Tidland in two events on the Tour and caddied for former Purdue standout Laura Gonzalez Escallon at the final stage of LPGA Q-school in 2013.

Robertson began his coaching career in 2001 as a volunteer assistant coach at Oklahoma State and helped his alma mater finish 16th at the NCAA Championships. OSU won four conference titles and the 1995 national title during his four years as a member of the Cowboys’ golf program from 1993-97.

Robertson, who redshirted his freshman year, graduated from Oklahoma State with a degree in sports science in 1997. He finished his collegiate career at the University of New Mexico and helped the Lobos win the 1998 NCAA West Regional.

Following his collegiate career, Robertson competed professionally for three seasons. In 2000, he played on the Canadian Tour and competed at the PGA Tour’s Nissan Open (now called the Genesis Open).He also won the New Mexico State Amateur Championship in 1995.

Greg and his wife Ashlee have two sons, Michael and Tyler.

All hires of Oklahoma State head coaches become official upon the approval of the OSU Board of Regents.


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