When you were a little boy, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a little boy, my dream was fueled by the golf matches at Thanksgiving between my Dad and my older brothers. I first just dreamed of being able to compete with them…then at about the age of fourteen, that dream came true…and I beat my dad and all three brothers in their annual “Thanksgiving Tournament!”
I went on to play golf as a freshman at Aldine Junior High School, and then when we moved to Haynesville, Louisiana, I played three years as member of the Haynesville Golden Tornadoes…lettering in both golf and football.
Being so very competitive, I thought that I wanted to go to college on a football scholarship, and that’s how I wound up at Stephen F. Austin at Nacogdoches, Texas in 1959. About four games into the season, I realized that I was not going to go anywhere in football. That’s when I turned back to my first love–GOLF!
In 1960, Dad and Mom moved to San Antonio, and I moved home to be with them with the dream of playing golf for SAJC. (San Antonio Junior College). I not only made the team, but our team won the Texas Junior College Championship with me as the team captain, convincing me that my future was in golf.
The next step for me was to find a four year college where I could pursue my dreams in golf. In 1961, my brother RJ was preaching in Madisonville, and he invited me to come live with him and his family and enroll in Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. I came to live with RJ on August 20, 1961, and on that day my life and my dreams were forevermore changed! I met a young lady named Betty Jo Farris…and the rest is history.
Note: I found it interesting that yesterday (February 13, 2014), I received an invitation from Kenny Bounds wanting me to play in the 2nd annual Madisonville High School Invitational Tournament at Raven’s Nest Golf Course in Huntsville. It’s been 5 years since I’ve even played golf…The Legacy Lives On!!