My name is Bill Rand and I’ve been fascinated by human performance since 1986.
I first became interested when I worked as a financial consultant to the entertainment industry. Using my spare time to concentrate on my golf game for three years, I wondered why my 7-handicap did not reflect the natural athlete I knew myself to be.
Realizing that there was more to the game than what appeared on the surface, I began exploring the “mental” side of the game. A chance meeting with Fred Shoemaker, a devotee of Tim Gallwey’s “Inner Game” methods, led us to co-found The School For Extraordinary Golf in Carmel, California. For five years, we conducted this boutique golf school at resorts in Carmel and Palm Springs extending Gallwey’s work using the principles of Mastery and Transformation: how to master any skill and how to transform yourself into whatever you want to become.
Inspired by others studying human potential, I decided to demonstrate the efficacy of these ideas to the world of golf by qualifying to play on the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour). Beginning as an untested amateur golfer with no significant tournament experience, I dedicated nine years to the effort. Over that time, I sold my home of eighteen years for the better practice conditions in Arizona, took lessons from some of golf’s best teachers, practiced six to eight hours per day, followed a strict workout regimen and played with some of the best professional golfers in the world.
I played in 124 Monday qualifying tournaments, 8 annual Q-Schools and 3 U.S. Senior Open qualifiers. And although I never came close to qualifying, I walked away with my head held high, exhilarated for having tried and filled with a lifetime’s wisdom I can’t imagine having acquired any other way.
Based on public interest in the rigors and fantasy of playing professional golf, I was the subject of a Wall Street Journal article and an evening news feature on the ABC affiliate in Salt Lake City. I was also featured in articles in The Indianapolis Star, The Pensacola News Journal, and a segment for CNBC‘s Inside the Senior PGA Tour.
I spent the first eight years of my career working in corporate finance, first with the Bank of America as an Assistant Vice President and corporate loan officer and then as the Assistant Treasurer at Lucasfilm Ltd., George Lucas’ Star Wars and Indiana Jones film factory.
I graduated with a BBA in Management from Florida International University in Miami, Florida and an MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.
I grew up in Stony Brook, L.I., New York and my career has taken me to Miami, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. My college sweetheart wife, Helene, and I currently reside in the golf mecca of Scottsdale, Arizona.