Volunteers, donors make state meet big hit
Johnny Kitchens is not a member of the Lawton Chamber of Commerce and Industry, however, he is one of those people on the front lines working to bring visitors to Lawton and share what this region of the state has to offer visitors.
As the boys golf coach at MacArthur, Kitchens wanted to try and give his players the ultimate thrill, playing for a state title on one of their home courses. And, because he's served on the OSSAA golf coaches advisory committee for many years and is well respected, when he speaks fellow golf coaches listen.
So, when he put together a proposal to bring the Class 5A boys tournament to Lawton-Fort Sill, the OSSAA was quick to sign off on the plan.
One man with an idea; that is a great way to help our community grow and prosper. It's no different than coaches fighting to bring regional tournaments, a playoff football game, or a youth tournament to our city, or our great partners in Comanche County like Elgin and Cache, both with great facilities ready to host sporting events.
Tourism doesn't always start with the Chamber of Commerce, but most good plans end up there because President and CEO Debra Burch and Tourism Director Tanna Vu are the true professionals when it comes to hosting events.
When Kitchens called this writer to do a story, I proceeded to offer those two names and as they say, the rest is history.
Twelve teams from across the state, plus 10 or so individuals, came to Lawton and spent four days and three nights enjoying the surroundings and playing four rounds (one practice round and three competition rounds) of golf at the Fort Sill Golf Club.