Sam Randolph was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California where he learned to play golf after being taught by his father who was the club professional at their home course. Currently residing in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife, Randolph had a stellar junior and amateur career winning the 1981 California State High School Championships. He was also the Junior World Champion and partnered with Billy Andrade to win the Junior World Cup in Ireland, also in 1981.
Randolph attended the University of Southern California (USC) and played college golf from 1983 to 1986. During his time at USC, he was a four-year All-American, including playing on the first team for three of those years, and won 12 collegiate tournaments.
In 1985 he was the low amateur in the Masters placing 18th, won the California State Amateur Championships, played on the winning USA Walker Cup team and was the US Amateur Champion.
In 1986 he was, once again, the low amateur at the Masters, was the low amateur at the US Open and won the Ecco Open in France. In 1985 Randolph was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame and turned professional the following year and qualified for the PGA Tour later that fall.
Randolph played the PGA Tour fulltime from 1987 to 1992 winning the 1997 Bank of Boston Classic. From 1993 to the present, Randolph has been competing primarily on the Nike Tour – now known as the Nationwide Tour, recording several second place finishes.
He is currently playing some competitive golf, teaching/coaching, participating in Pro-Ams and corporate outings and organizing groups to attend the Masters each year.
Kris Tschetter grew up in South Dakota in a golfing family with her brother Mark also being an accomplished golfer. Currently residing in Virginia with her husband and two young daughters, Tschetter won the 1983 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Tournament of Champions and was a four-time winner of the South Dakota Women’s Amateur Championships (1883-1986).
She played her college golf at Texas Christian University (TCU) where she was a three-time member of the All-Southwest Conference team. She has had a successful professional career on the LPGA Tour over the last 20 years despite undergoing a few hip surgeries. She will be making a return to more full-time playing schedule in 2008 after yet another hip surgery in 2007, which limited her playing schedule in that year.
Tschetter has been a consistent money earner on the LPGA Tour with two wins – the 1992 Northgate Computer Classic and the 1991 JC Penny Classic with partner Billy Andrade; 10 second place finishes and 50 top-10 finishes.
She came very close to winning the 1996 Women’s US Open when she finished second shooting rounds of 68 and 66 over the weekend. She was also awarded the Heather Farr Award by the LPGA Tour in 2001 after returning from her first hip surgery.
Tschetter is a very well respected and very well liked member of the LPGA Tour, as is evident by her charitable spirit. She founded the Kris Tschetter Celebrity Golf Benefit for Kids in 1991, an event that raises money for children’s charities in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota area.
Perry Parker was born and raised in southern California where he resides with his wife and twin son and daughter. He attended the University of California at Irvine where he made the All-Conference team in 1985 and 1986.
Parker began his professional career as an assistant coach at his Alma Mater and he now has more than 30 professional wins worldwide including five Canadian Tour wins. He played fulltime on the Canadian, Australian, Asian, Nike (currently the Nationwide Tour), and Golden State Tours, as well as playing a number of events on the PGA and Japanese Tours.
One of Parker’s proudest accomplishments is that he qualified for and competed in three US Opens. He is currently busy playing some competitive golf, teaching and coaching, doing some motivational speaking and performing golf services at corporate outings as well as running the National Hemophilia Foundation Jr. Championships in the United States.
Check next week’s edition of the Rimbey Review for a closer look at golfers Stuart Hendley, Lisa Vlooswyk and Gull Lake’s own Brandon Regnier.