Sam Randolph, Jr.

Sam Randolph, Jr., Hall of Fame Athlete

Is there any title in athletics that elicits more instant respect than “professional golfer?” Here’s a person who can do those things that scare most of us into apoplexy.

Buried in the sand? No problem, just take a lot of that sand and knock it up there stiff. Little uphill pitch to the green with the pin up close and a downhill slope? Relax, cut it sharp and get it stopped.

Sam Randolph Jr. is one of those guys, a professional golfer of fourteen years, a number that should be higher – he was playing at that level in high school. While at San Marcos High School, Sam was the State CIF Champion; won the Southern California Jr. Match Play title; was low amateur at the L.A. Open and made the cut; was runner-up at the Jr. PGA Championship; won the Jr. World; and won the Jr. World Matches (pro/ am) with Billy Andrade. USC liked young Sam, son of longtime La Cumbre Country Club professional, Sam Randolph Sr. They were right. He was a second-team All-American as a freshman and 1st team the next three years. He was runner-up U.S. Amateur in ’84 and won 13 tournaments while at USC. He won the US Amateur 1985; was the low amateur at both the 1985 and 1986 Master’s and the 1986 US Open.

The success of Sam Randolph Jr. stands as a beacon for young golfers, especially those Royals of SMHS who have long had young Sam to look up to.

Sam and wife Julie now live in Ft. Worth, Texas and when he isn’t pitching a golf ball, he’s pitching his favorite lures.