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Pete Randall To Receive UGA Gold Club Posthumously
UGA Gold Club Award
Presented annually to an individual who through significant achievement or unselfish service has contributed to the history and tradition of the game of golf in Utah, and whose personal integrity, sportsmanship, common courtesy, loyalty, and friendship earn him the love and respect of his fellow golfers.
(The UGA will present the UGA Gold Club Award to Pete Randall posthumously at the UGA Annual Meeting. Dave Terry will also receive the award. A story detailing Terry’s achievements preceded has been posted on the web page.)
Clarence ‘Pete’ Randall
Utah golf lost one of its greatest gentlemen in the recent passing of Clarence ‘Pete’ Randall and in respect for a life well lived the UGA presents its highest honor to him posthumously.
Pete was a highly respected member of the Logan Golf and Country Club for the past seventy years and served on its board of directors from 1953 to 1959 and as its president in 1959. During that time he was instrumental in the decision to expand the course to 18 holes. He remained active in club affairs his entire life and future boards and presidents often sought his counsel.
He was highly regarded state wide and served on the Board of Directors of the Utah Golf Association from 1971 to 1980 and as its president for two terms in 1974-75 and was co-chairman of the Utah Open in 1980.Dan Roskelley, the head pro at Logan, describes him succinctly as ‘The Mentor.’ He was a mentor to many young club members and young players, not only in golf, but life, and in addition to Roskelley many have gone on to significant leadership positions, including Mark Passey and Keith Hansen, both of whom are past UGA presidents. Passey was also UGA Executive Director and is currently Director of Regional Affairs for the United States Golf Association.
As a dentist by profession Pete didn’t have time to travel the amateur circuit and restricted his play mostly to his favorite Logan Golf and Country Club. He enjoyed team competitions with the other country clubs and one of the highlights of his golfing career was teaming with Glade Harris in winning one of the team matches against Willow Creek when together they birdied the first 12 holes of the match.
Pete was one of the most ‘endearing and enduring’ golfers in Utah golf history and his record of winning the club championship at the same course in each of six different decades stands as a Utah record and no one has exceeded it nationally. He first won it at the age of 16 in 1939 and last won it in the 1980s. He was also a member at Marion Oaks Country Club in Florida and in 1993 won that club championship at the age of 70 to make it seven decades. It’s a record that may be matched by someone somewhere, but it will never be broken. In 1987 he won the Club Champions Division of the UGA Tournament of Champions and in 1989, age 66, he won the Northern Utah Amateur.
His daughter Carolyn Farrell has won three club champions at both Logan and Congressional Country Clubs, all six of them in the 1990s. His son Cannon also won the Logan club championship in 1970.
As an esteemed leader in the community he was asked to serve on the committee to develop the Logan River Golf Course, a project that came to fruition with its opening in 1991 and has enhanced the enjoyment of the game for thousands of current and future players.
Two paragraphs in his obituary sum him up beautifully, “He was part of “The Greatest Generation’ that served, sacrificed, and worked, many of whom gave their lives, to save our country and our liberty; pulling our communities and country back from the twin nightmares of The Great Depression and World War II.”
“Pete Randall leaves a legacy of professional achievement and civic contribution that is a reflection of what so many others of his generation offered. They weren’t satisfied; there had been too much sacrifice by too many; the status quo was unacceptable … Pete, along with all others of his generation, fought to overcome the obstacles confronting them, rebuilding not only their own lives, but their communities, and their country as well; demanding that a “better place” be provided for their children and grandchildren. We are indebted to all those who answered the call, doing their parts however large or small, to bring following generations lasting freedom, prosperity, and opportunity … with the added obligation for those of us who follow, to do the same for the generations that will follow our own.”
His childhood sweetheart, Janet Cannon, has been his lifetime anchor and they were happily married for 68 years. They have three children, Annette Haws, Carolyn Haws, and Cannon Randall.Thanks to Pete and his family for a life well lived and shared.