Xander Schauffele Parents: Stefan Schauffele And Chen Ping-yi
Xander Schauffele was born to his parents Stefan Schauffelele and Chen Ping-Yi in San Diego, California. His father, Stefan was an Olympic decathlon candidate for Germany 40 years ago before losing an eye in a traffic accident.
Stefan Schauffele became interested in track and field when he was seven or eight years old, inspired by his grandpa, former Olympian Richard Schauffele.
"My father enjoyed watching track and field," Xander remarked. Stefan's Olympic dreams were dashed over 40 years ago when his car was hit by a drunk driver and a piece of windshield became stuck in his left eye.
Despite repeated procedures, the eye's eyesight was never restored. Stefan was 20 years old at that time.
Previously, Stefan had to temporarily forgo his interest in these fields in order to finish his necessary military service in Germany.
He did, however, continue to play soccer in the Oberliga Bayern German third division with the German Air Force team based in Landsberg am Lech.
In the spring of 1985, he was selected into the German team developing group for the decathlon after finishing compulsory military duty in the German airforce at the age of 20.
More sport parents need to know what Xander Schauffele’s father knows. “The fire is inside of him. If a kid has it, there is nothing as a dad you can do to stop it. If he doesn’t have it, there is nothing you can do to make it” #intrinsic #firewithin pic.twitter.com/0DmsAMPcae— Sean Casey (@seancaseygolf) April 11, 2019
Stefan has served as an Assistant Golf Professional for the PGA Aloha Section at the Princeville Resort on Kauai, Hawaii, from 1994 to 1995. He was also a volunteer golf instructor for Kauai Junior Golf. Stefan teaches golf using the concepts of track and field throwing discipline.
Schauffele was advised that if he could perfect pole vaulting, which he had yet to do, he might easily become one of the world's greatest decathlon stars.
Stefan Schauffele is more than simply Xander Schauffele's father; he is a mystery in the professional golf world. He exudes an unrivaled amount of zeal that distinguishes him from the throng.
Stefan has a degree in Golf Operations Management from San Diego Golf Academy and an MBA In International Business Administration from United States International University.
The golfer Xander Schauffele's father, who is his lifelong coach, was an Olympic hopeful for Germany in decathlon 40 years ago, before he lost an eye in a car crash.— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 28, 2021
In Japan on Thursday, Schauffele will have a chance to fulfill a family dream. https://t.co/CkQyK9UDpK
He is a Henry Griffitts Company Certified Golf Club Fitter.
Stefan and Chen met on a spring day in 1988 at San Diego's United States International University (now Alliant). He was 23 and couldn't understand Japanese; she was 20 and didn't speak English.
They struck up an immediate connection. "Through touch," Stefan chuckled.
"It was instincts and sentiments," Ping-Yi continued.
They married at Cinco de Mayo three months later.