Kristof made his name in Chicago as a member of the Kathryns and Tavern Pales teams that won the BPAA team championships in 1947, 1948 and 1949. He also was captain of the famed Pabst team from 1955-59. Known as one of the game's great stylists, Kristof later moved to Columbus to open his own pro shop. He finished second to fellow Hall of Fame member Buzz Fazio in the 1955 USBC Masters. He won his only USBC Open Championships title six years later, teaming with Hall member Don Ellis for the Classic Doubles crown at the Open Championships.