Bulletin Staff Report
The eighth class of high school athletes who played under legendary coach Gordon Wood will be inducted Saturday night in a different season, and under a new format.
The board of the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions will hold its first celebrity golf tournament Saturday afternoon at the Brownwood Country Club, and more than 80 golfers have registered to play.
Among the sports celebrities confirmed for participation are E.J. Holub, Dave Parks, Ken Hall, Coach Jimmie Keeling, Lawrence Elkins, Walter Abercrombie and Jerry Don Gleaton.
The golf tournament, scheduled to become an annual event, will begin at 1 p.m. following a hamburger lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. A golfer who scores a hole-in-one on a specific hole will be eligible to win a pickup. An ace on another hole will qualify for a golf cart.
On Saturday evening, five former Brownwood High School athletes will be inducted in the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions at the Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church. The location has been moved from the previously announced Depot site.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. ceremony are on sale for $25 each.
Since 2000, the induction ceremonies have been held in the fall.
This year’s class of inductees features Steven T. Cutbirth, James D. (Jim) Piper, Shae Southall, Kevin Taylor and James Roy (Squirt) Thompson.
Information on the events are available by calling (325) 998-4989, or the Brownwood Country Club at 646-1086.
Proceeds will help complete and open the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Museum on the second floor of the Harvey House.
Profiles of four of the inductees have been published throughout the week in the Bulletin.
Thompson was a three-year letterman in football and track and a two-year letterman in basketball before he graduated from Brownwood High in 1970. In football, he played running back, defensive back, and returned punts and kickoffs. He attended Rufus F. Hardin Elementary, Brownwood Junior High and Brownwood High.
Thompson played running back and defensive back for Navarro Junior College from 1970-72, and defensive back for Howard Payne University in 1973.
He was employed by the City of Brownwood for eight years, and has worked for the Brownwood ISD for the past 20 years.