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Jason Randall

Jason Randall

Handicap: 20

Years Playing: 15

Hometown: Granby, MA

My story starts with my first encounter with a golf club, somewhere around age 10. Helping our family friend Chip to empty out the attic of some lady’s house in Holyoke, I stumbled upon a rusty, old 9-iron that I had to keep. Next day, while waiting for the school bus, my brother George and I thought we would hit a couple balls in to the backyard. Being the generous one that I am, I let George take first crack at it. What I didn’t realize is that I shouldn’t stand so close to him while he’s swinging. So what happens? George takes his first cut at the ball and whacks my head with his follow through! I’m not sure my mom ever saw so much blood! A little skull repair and some stitches later, I now have a nice scar in the shape of a smiley face.

You’d think an early encounter like that would scare someone off from golf, but not me. A few years later, I took a couple lessons at The Orchards and then started caddying there on Sundays. My normal looper happened to be with my aunt’s boss. This really taught me a lot about golf etiquette, all while earning a few bucks carrying a bag.

Life has taken many twists and turns since my youth. Degrees from STCC, UMASS and AIC, education, work and family have occupied a lot of my time, but golf has always remained a great release. A round with Ross will always bring out my competitiveness (I hate to lose to him!), but it’s always a fun round, which is why I play. I’ll never beat him over 18, but taking honors once or twice in the day is a personal victory and I never let him forget it!

When not working at Peter Pan Bus Lines, I can be found hanging out with my beautiful wife, Viktorija, spending time with my wonderful daughter, Allie, having a beer with friends, taking in a good book, or daydreaming about sailing from island to island and snorkeling with turtles in the Galapagos Islands.

Life is fun. Experience it all and enjoy it doing it.

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