Women's Golf

 Bettie Lou Evans
Bettie Lou  Evans

Director of Golf Operations


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Bettie Lou Evans enters her ninth year as Director of Golf Operations after serving 22 years as head coach of the UK women's golf team. The success of Evans' teams over two decades earned the coach Hall of Fame recognition before she moved into her current administrative position.

Evans is instrumental in directing the golf for the Big Blue Caravans,organizing fund raising activities for the golf programs , aiding in the collegiate tournaments and the overall operations and serving on the Advisory Booard of the University Club . It is a position that Evans finds challenging and extremely important.

"Mitch Barnhart and the entire athletics department have decided to make a bigger commitment to the golf program," Evans said. "We have two great full-time coaches and two full-time assistants. With the support that the athletics department is giving us, I expect this program to make big improvement."

During her tenure as UK's women's golf coach, Evans was able to develop the program into a consistent competitor in the Southeastern Conference, Mid-Atlantic East Region and the NCAA Tournament.

Under Evans, the Lady Kats finished in the top half of the SEC four of her last seven seasons as coach. Their best conference finish was second place in 1986. Evans was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 1992 and Mid-Atlantic East Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1990. In January 1997, Evans was inducted into the National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

On the national scene, the Lady Kats advanced to NCAA Regionals 14 times under Evans, appearing in the NCAA Championships five times. Kentucky's best finish came in 1986, when UK finished fifth in the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Kats finished in 10th place in 1988, 13th in 1990, 10th in 1991 and 17th in 1992. Former assistant coach Heather Kraus appeared in the 1998 NCAA Championships as an individual.

During Evans' reign at UK, 42 golfers were placed on the Academic All-SEC list with five named Academic All-Americans. Under Evans, six Lady Kats golfers received All-SEC awards, while two golfers were awarded All-America status.

Evans has been instrumental in women's collegiate golf off the links as well. She served on the Mid-Atlantic Advisory Board and was chairperson in 1982 and 1983. She sat on the USGA Women's Regional Advisory Committee and served as an SEC representative in 1982.

Evans has also been president of the Women's Kentucky State Golf Association.

Evans is a former member of Lexington's Spring Lake Country Club Board of Directors and the Griffin Gate Community Association, where she resides. She is currently serving on the Advisory Board at the University Club of Kentucky.

She has won numerous club championships over the years and was runner-up in the Women's Central Kentucky Championship three times. With years of golf experience, Evans is currently serving on the advisory board at the University Club of Kentucky.

A graduate of Transylvania University in Lexington, Evans was president of Chi Omega sorority. In 1993, Evans was named to the Sports Hall of Fame of Transylvania University.

Evans is married to Stanley D. Rullman, a senior partner with the Millikin-Fitton Law Firm, and has one son, Vance Evans, who works at Longwood Antique Woods.

The Evans File

Birthplace: Mt. Sterling, Ky.
Family: Husband, Stanley; Son, Vance

Transylvania University

Kentucky Head Coach (1980-2001)
1997- National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame Inductee
1993- Inducted to Sports Hall of Fame of Transylvania University
1992- SEC Coach of the Year
1990, 1986- Mid-Atlantic East Coach of the Year
UK Director of Golf Operations (2001-present)

  • Served on Mid-Atlantic Advisory Board and was two-time chairperson
  • Sat on the USGA Women's Regional Advisory Committee (SEC representative in 1982)
  • Past-president of the Women's Kentucky State Golf Association
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