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Ronnie Ferguson
Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame
TYPE
Meritorious Service
YEAR INDUCTED
2008

For any student-athlete seeking a role model, Franklin, Kentucky’s Ronnie Ferguson should top the list. An outstanding college golfer, an accomplished Christian businessman, a leader in the church, a devoted husband, and the father of two Lipscomb graduates – Stan (1987) and Bard (1990) – Ronnie Ferguson set a high standard for Lipscomb athletes.

The epitome of a servant-leader, he anchored the Bison golf team from 1959-62 and served as manager of the basketball team. His golf skills were unmistakable: he played the number one position, led as team captain, and earned MVP in ‘60, ‘61, and ‘62. Upon graduation Ronnie returned to Franklin, where he built a solid business and reached out to young PGA-tour-hopeful Kenny Perry, a hometown friend. In 1985 Ronnie and his wife, Emily, struck a unique agreement with Perry: in exchange for financial support Perry would donate a percentage of his future tour earnings to Lipscomb. The creative vision and generosity of both parties have rewarded the university immensely. The scholarship has afforded numerous students from the Franklin/Simpson County area the opportunity to attend Lipscomb each year, and Lipscomb Athletics has received valuable donations from the arrangement. It is impossible to quantify the goodwill, athletic support, and financial gain that Lipscomb has enjoyed because of Ronnie Ferguson, who in 2004 was aptly named Lipscomb’s Christian Business Leader of the Year.

A sterling example of a Bison student-athlete, Ronnie Ferguson is a modern day servant who took his God-given talents and multiplied them to the benefit of Lipscomb University.

Hall of Fame Nominations

Nominate Someone to the Athletic Hall of Fame

To nominate an individual for the Lipscomb University Athletic Hall of Fame please forward nomination material to Philip Hutcheson, Lipscomb University Athletics, One University Park Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37204-3951. The formal deadline for nominations is December 1 of the year prior to induction. To nominate an individual for the Lipscomb University Athletic Hall of Fame please provide as much data as possible in support of your nomination.

Nominees must fall into one of three categories with the following criteria taken into consideration:

  • Athlete: Career statistics; Conference, Regional, All-American and National honors; Leadership, service and continued support of Lipscomb University are all taken into consideration for each nominee.
  • Coach: Career record; Length of tenure, number of all-conference, all-region, all-american and scholar-athletes, as well as, impact made on the school. Post Lipscomb success is also taken into consideration for the Coach category
  • Meritorious Service: Truly exceptional contributions and service to the athletic program by one who does not qualify for the athlete or coach category.