Aug. 10, 2009
Randy Hendrix, 52, Clemmons, N.C.
Randy Hendrix knows a thing or two about competing on a large, outdoor stage, and he deals with it very well. After winning four archery gold medals in the “Eliminator” event at the ESPN Great Outdoor Games, Hendrix has earned a nickname from fellow archers: The Quiet Intimidator.
Hendrix, the owner of a drywall company, has also competed in Buckmaster competitions, winning more than a dozen world titles. Maybe his participation in so many competitions is the reason he admittedly doesn’t practice much.
“I’m the kind of person that does best under pressure,” says Hendrix, who has shot competitive archery for the past 20 years. “I’ve been part of a lot of competitions. I don’t seem to get too nervous.”
While he’s comfortable with the TOC shooting events, Hendrix has been preparing more for the fishing side of the competition. He hasn’t had too much experience with a fly rod, but he says he’ll be ready in time. Hendrix, the third-place finisher in the Harrisburg Regional, credits his friends for helping to get him ready for all the competitions he’s done well in. “If we don’t help each other, we’re not going to get better,” he says. “Simple as that.”
— Lance Madden