Abilene Volunteer will be Missed
first tee at the Abilene Reporter-News Junior will never be
Louis Carroll Wicker, 73, longtime
honorary starter at the Abilene Reporter-News Junior,
passed away Dec. 21, 2002, at his home in Abilene, Texas.
Known for his flair for the dramatic, both in his dress and
during the announcement of players, Wicker will forever be
remembered by those who attended the event.
Born in Houston on Sept. 11, 1929, Wicker came to Abilene
in 1954 where he received his degree from Abilene Christian
University in Secondary Education. While in Abilene, he owned
and operated an insurance agency that bears his name for 48
Golf was one of his enduring loves, so much so that he volunteered
at the Abilene tournament as the starter on the first tee
for the past 15 years. He had two signature traits: his wild
fashion sense and trademark starting expression, "Coming
out of chute No. 1, from..."
His personna sparks some type of fond memory by all those
ever associated with the tournament.
"It is truly a passing of a legend,"
said Jason Etzen, AJGA
executive vice president and Abilene Reporter-News
tournament director in 1997 and '98.
"He was one of the guys that made the Abilene event the
special event that it has become. He will be missed immensely."