Lions Municipal Golf Course

Lions Municipal Golf Course is associated with distinguished golfers and is a respectable piece of golf course architecture. But, most importantly, the course impacted national history with respect to race relations in public recreational spaces as the first municipal golf course in the South to desegregate in late 1950. 

The USGA has formally recognized the desegregation at Lions Municipal Golf Course as a milestone for the game of golf, along with leading scholars and prominent individuals who include: 

1. Ben Crenshaw, two-time Masters Champion and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame; 

2. Marvin Dawkins, Professor of Sociology, University of Miami, co-author of African American 
Golfers during the Jim Crow Era (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000); 

3. Lane Demas, Associate Professor of History, Central Michigan, The Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf (under contract, UNC Press, John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture); 

4. Glenda Gilmore, the C. Vann Woodward Chair in History at Yale University; 

5. Renea Hicks, prominent constitutional and civil rights lawyer and former Solicitor, Office of the Attorney General, State of Texas; 

6. Jacqueline Jones, Chair of the History Department and Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History at the University of Texas; 

7. Sanford Levinson, W. St. John Garwood Chair at the University of Texas Law School and prominent constitutional scholar; 

8. Robert J. Robertson, author of Fair Ways: How Six Black Golfers Won Civil Rights in Beaumont, Texas (Texas A&M Press 2005); 

9. Paul Stekler, Chair of the Radio/Television/Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

10. Congressman Lloyd Doggett, 35th District, Texas

11. Congressman G.K. Butterfield, 1st District, North Carolina

12. Congressman Eddie Bernice Johnson, 30th District, Texas

13. Congressman James E. Clyburn, 6th District, South Carolina

In 2016, Lions Municipal was added to the National Register of Historic Places and to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

Location: Austin, Texas

Year Built: 1924

Year Closed: N/A

Kelli Kuehne


• Only golfer in history to win U.S. Junior, U.S. Amateur, British Amateur and U.S. Amateur in consecutive years
• (8) AJGA Individual Title Wins 1991-1995
• Undefeated High School Golf Career at Highland Park High School for a 20-0 Record – 1992-1995
• (3) USGA titles:
• U.S. Girl's Junior Amateur Championship 1994
• U.S. Women's Amateur Championship 1995
• U.S. Women's Amateur Championship 1996
• Women's British Amateur Champion 1996
• #1 ranked Amateur in the World 1996
• U.S. Curtis Cup and World Cup Amateur Team Member 1996
• Southwest Conference Player of the Year – University of Texas 1996
• First-Team All-American – University of Texas 1996
• (2) Individual Titles while playing for the University of Texas Women’s Golf Team in 1995 and 1996
• Texas Sports Hall of Fame Member

Birthplace: Argyle, Texas

Born: May 11, 1977

Died: N/A

Steve Elkington

Born in Inverell, New South Wales, Elkington grew up in Wagga Wagga. 
• He moved to the United States to attend college in Texas at the University of Houston, where he played on the Cougar golf team that won national titles in 1982, 1984, and 1985.
• Elkington was the first prominent Australian to play college golf in the U.S., and turned professional in 1985. 
• Elkington was the runner-up at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in December 1986 to earn his tour card for 1987.
• He had ten victories on the PGA Tour, all in the 1990s, and won four events twice. Elkington had ten top-10 finishes in major championships, with the best results at the PGA Championship; he won in 1995 at Riviera, and a tied for second in 2005 at Baltusrol, behind winner Phil Mickelson, which moved him back into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. 
• He is a two-time winner of The Players Championship, the PGA Tour's marquee event, with victories in 1991 and 1997. Of the five to win twice at TPC Sawgrass, his span of six years between wins is the shortest.
• Elkington was a participant in the first four editions of the Presidents Cup, on the International Team in 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2000. In 1995, he was awarded the Vardon Trophy; this award is given annually by the PGA of America to the tour player with the lowest scoring average.
• He turned fifty in late 2012 and made his debut on the Champions Tour in June 2013. 

Birthplace: Inverell, New South Wales

Born: December 8, 1962

Died: N/A

Buddy Cook

James E. "Buddy" Cook is a nationally known golf professional with over forty years of experience in the golf industry. 

• Invited by Joe Black to help reconstitute the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and served as Chairman, 2009 to 2015.

• Named the 1999 STPGA Golf Professional of Year.

• Trained over 24 golf professional apprentices to include; Warren Chancellor, Randy Smith, Cary Collins, Billy Harmon and Donny Cude.

• Notable golf students include; Tom Landry, George Strait, Martina Navratilova, Mario Andretti, Catherine Crosby and junior Justin Leonard. 

• Director of Golf, The Vintage Club, Indian Wells, California, 1988 to 1991.
o Earned Golf Shop Operations “America’s 100 Best Golf Shops”.

• Director of Golf, The Dominion Country Club, San Antonio, 1984-1988.
o Listed three years in the Golf Shop Operation’s “America’s 100 Best Golf Shops”

• Developed, managed and served as Director of Golf at La Cantera Golf Club, San Antonio. 1991-1997.
o Voted the best new daily fee course by Golf Digest in 1995.

• Co-owner and Director of Golf at Briggs Ranch Golf Club and The Golf Club of Texas, San Antonio, 2000 to 2007.

• Director of Golf, Indian Springs Country Club, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, 1982 to 1983.

• Head Professional, Royal Oaks Country Club, Dallas, 1976 to 1981.

• Head Professional, Tulsa Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1974 to 1976.

• Assistant Professional, Oak Hills Country Club, San Antonio, 1969 to 1972.
o Trained under Head Professional Hardy Loudermilk.

• Teaching Professional, Houston Country Club, Houston.

• Tournament Director – The Dominion Invitational, a Senior PGA Tour Event, San Antonio, Texas.

• Tournament Director – PGA Senior/Champions Tour Event, San Antonio, 2000 to 2005.

• Served as a subject matter expert in the development of the new PGA Golf Professional Training Program.

• Selected by the National PGA Education Faculty to teach an advanced tournament management and promotion seminar.

• Instructor at PGA Business Schools I & II. 

Birthplace: Odessa, Texas

Born: April 17, 1946

Died: N/A

M.T. Johnson

1945 Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy
• Well-known as an honest and illustrious businessman in ranching, investments, banking and community service.
• Nominated in 1980 to serve on the USGA's Executive Committee, where he also served as its first treasurer. Served as chairman of 3 committees (also member of 13 committees). Tenth Texan to serve on the Executive Committee and first from the Texas Panhandle.
• Member of the USGA “Championship Committee and influential in convincing the USGA to hold six of its major championships in Texas.
• Past President of Amarillo Country Club, which was founded in 1919.
• Director and President (1967) of the Trans-Mississippi Golf Association Board. Helped arrange the Championship held at San Antonio Country Club.
• Member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrew's, Scotland. Served in a senior position on the Rules Committees. Served as an effective and congenial ambassador for Texas and America.
• Recipient of the Byron Nelson Award from the North Texas PGA in 1987.
• Served as President, Panhandle Golf Association (1989-1994)

• Enshrined into the Texas Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame in 1986, as well as the Amarillo High School Hall of Fame. Named one of the 100 Sports Personalities of the 20th Century by the Amarillo Globe-News in 2000.

• All-State quarterback at Amarillo High, where he led the Golden Sandies to the state championship in 1940. Graduated from the U.S. naval Academy, where he lettered in football
On the Amarillo School Board from 1954-1969, serving as its president several times. Numerous business ventures in Amarillo, including the founding of Tascosa National Bank and development of Sunset Center shopping mall. Organized Johnson Land & Cattle Company with farming and ranching operations in central Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. 

His grandson is PGA Tour professional Johnson Wagner.

Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas

Born: January 21, 1923

Died: December 23, 1999