4.24.2007

Northwest's New Trophy Club High School . . .

. . . to be named after a guy who hit little white ball at affluent country clubs.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Funds generated from [the EDS Byron Nelson Championship golf tournament] benefit Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers (SCYFC), a nonprofit organization that provides innovative education and mental health treatment services for troubled and at-risk children and their families in the Dallas area. Since its inception, the Championship has raised more than $94 million for SCYFC"

I would like to think this weighed more heavily than the country club connections.

Anonymous said...

"Darkies and poor people go back in your hole" was the first choice for a name. But it was passed over because the name couldn't easily be put on a football jersey.

Anonymous said...

To imply that Byron Nelson was an elitist because he sometimes practiced his trade in a few fancy clubs is like saying Martin Luther King was uppity because he gave speeches at some pretty fancy hotels. For his last decades, he did more for Meals On Wheels and other charities in our region than anybody I can think of. And when he played, he did so to buy cows and build his farm. That's why he played, as evidenced by what he did with his winnings. Guarantee you that his neighbors and people in that school district know him well and are totally for it.

Anonymous said...

I think it is appropriate that Byron Nelson be honored in this way. A very modest man, considering his fame, Nelson lived just north of Roanoke for most of his adult life and was certainly a part of the Northwest community, and his tournament at Los Colinas raised literally millions of dollars for charitable causes over the years. I would think most long time residents of the district who knew him would think it fitting that he be honored this way.

mzchief said...

Ahem...
It has for DECADES been COMMON practice in the DFW metroplex to name schools after PROMINENT members of the community. Evidence of that practice are schools such as,
G. B. Trimble Tech High School - Ft. Worth
O.D. Wyatt High School - Ft. Worth
Amon Carter-Riverside High School -Ft. Worth
W.W. Samuell High School - Dallas
Bryan Adams High School - Dallas
Emmett J. Conrad High School - Dallas

Nearly ALL elementary schools and MOST middle schools in the metroplex sport the name of once prominent citizens.

Anonymous said...

8:14....What an idiot, this is simply to honor a man who has been a large contributor to that community. I do not understand why some people in this society feel the need to include blacks, poor people, etc. in everything. Maybe they should have named it Martin Luther King High School, would you be happy then?

bgirl said...

Rationally, I know that this was a great man who did great things for society - but I still couldn't help myself from giggling at 8:14's comment. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

....Oh and one more thing, I am allergic to poor people!

Anonymous said...

I had the opportunity to become acquainted with Byron Nelson. About 20 years ago, I had recently moved to the area and knew absolutely nothing about golf or golf tournaments. Golf was a sport that was played by the rich people that belonged to the exclusive country club in the town I grew up in.

As a delivery person, I stopped a few times per week times at his small ranch outside of Roanoke. I noticed that there was a tank on the property. Being new to the area and not having any fishing holes of my own, I asked the friendly gentleman that owned the property if I could bring my three year old daughter out fishing. He gladly obliged. Some time after that, I noticed a car on his property that had a logo that bore his name and something about a golf tournament. (I later learned that these were “tournament cars”) I put it all together and realized that he had some association with golf. I asked his wife if the man that had been signing my clipboard board was the same Byron Nelson and of course, he was. I then asked the dumbest question of all time, “When did he play?” With a chuckle and smile, she gave me a few lines of his playing history.

We did not become close friends, but we did have a few talks. Mr. Nelson was nice to me. He didn’t know me well, but he knew that a dad that wanted to take his daughter fishing needed a favor. He was humble, generous, cordial, and friendly.

With a little research, one can learn that Mr. Nelson did a lot more than hit a little white ball at affluent country clubs. The least of which was letting a Dad and his little girl go fishing on his place.

Many years later, I joined an “affluent country club” and started playing golf. I now understand a little bit about what would attract someone like Mr. Nelson to golf.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget he started his career as a caddie for rich folks, he wasn't rich himself. Another caddie at the same club was Ben Hogan.

I had an oppurtunity to meet the man at the Chili's in Westlake. Very nice man, talked to me like we'd been friends for years.

Collectionsite said...

Having met with and spoken to Byron Nelson. I found him to be a man of very good character and I think that Northwest is fortunate.
Also the Charity work performed by his organization should also be recognized.
Congratulations !!!

Anonymous said...

Re: 10:30 AM
I hope that you aren't telling me that Byron Nelson & Ben Hogan were caddies at the same time! hee hee

What will they call the school's team? Here are a few ideas:
The Swingers
The Putters
The Clubbers
The Aces
The Hole-In-Ones....
I can just picture a football team being led out onto the field by an over-sized golf ball character....

Anonymous said...

What happened to Haliburton High like the liberal weenies wanted?

Anonymous said...

I was hoping for the Barron Green High School.

Anonymous said...

Why wasn't Decatur High named after Gage or Wood or Woodruff or Green or Bible ?

Anonymous said...

Carson Elementary?

Anonymous said...

12:02

Yes, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson were caddies at the same time at the same country club. Nelson was a year or two older than Hogan.

The following is from Wikipedia...

Soon after his baptism at age 12, he started caddying at Glen Garden Country Club.[1] An article on Nelson in Sports Illustrated noted that initially caddies were not permitted to play at the club: "[H]e would often practice in the dark, putting his white handkerchief over the hole so he could find it in the darkness."[2] The club later changed its policy and sponsored the Glen Garden Caddie Tournament, where a 14-year-old Nelson beat fellow caddy and future golf great Ben Hogan by a single stroke after a nine-hole playoff.[1][2]

Anonymous said...

12:02

Ben Hogan on Wikipedia...

Born in Stephenville, Texas and raised ten miles away in Dublin, Texas he began caddying in Fort Worth, Texas at the age of eleven, along with Byron Nelson, later a tour rival.

Anonymous said...

If Decatur grows enough to have a second high school, there's no doubt it will be named after someone from the area. Most of the DFW suburbs start off with: Town Name High School, then add more with people names. For example; Richardson has: Richardson High School, JJ Pearce High School (Superintendent from 1946-1977), and Berkner High School (U.S. Physicist Lloyd V. Berkner).

Anonymous said...

Fingernail clipper collector, When I grow up I want to be just like you.

Anonymous said...

next decatur high school : coach harrison high school

Anonymous said...

Shut Up SquareHead MZ Creep!!!!Golf stands for Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden!!

Anonymous said...

You know Barry you say lots of inappropriate things on here but this may take the cake. I had the priviledge of attending church with Byron for a few years and watched him play Santa Claus in our church Christmas play and watched come to every mens prayer breakfast. He was a craftsman after he retired and was constantly making really cool furniture just because he thought they could use it. I can honestly say that there are very few famous people that I have met that I have not been discusted by. Byron had a knack for touching every life he came in contact with. He was a strong Christian men and was one of the most gentle men I have ever met. For you to say these comments about someone you obviously don't know a thing about is extremely inappropriate.

comment4U said...

Barry's comments sound a little bitter...

Anonymous said...

Opps, I am the one who asked if Byron Nelson & Ben Hogan were caddies at the same time. I was thinking of Ben Crenshaw! That's why I couldn't believe that they were caddies around the same time period. As the infamous Emily Latilda would say, "Never mind."

Anonymous said...

how bout changing the name of decatur to 'ben hogan ville'

Anonymous said...

Why would NISD want a high school named after Earle Halliburton (that's Halliburton with 2 'L's.) He lived in Oklahoma. Besides, Halliburton was never a consideration by the group..

Anonymous said...

After reading all the DFW`s area high schools, I would like to see another Samuell High in the region. Just think, Samuell vs Samuell in football? .... gee, how about Kramer High and hope to see another Kramer pop up in a few years.