UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON'S ALL TIME VARSITY TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
UH's First Golf Team
Left to right: R. S. Myers, Bill Lutz, Bob Rose and Bill Dienstbach.
Team Members — Tommy Cruse, Wally Bradley, Pete
Hessemer, Rex Baxter, Jimmy McAdams, Don Park
and Richard Parvino.
BORDER OLYMPICS — Casa Blanca Country Club, Laredo,
Texas, 36 holes. This was UH's first Championship and it was a
big one. North Texas State and Oklahoma State were the big
powers in Collegiate Golf. UH trailed North Texas by 21 shots
and Oklahoma State by 14 after the first 18 holes. UH picked
up 14 shots on Oklahoma State the first nine and was only 9
shots back of North Texas State with 9 holes to go. Tommy
Cruse, Rex Baxter, Wally Bradley and Pete Hessemer all shot
par or better and they won by 2 shots over North Texas. They
shot a total of 577 (a new record). Rex Baxter 69-72—141; Pete
Hessemer 75-70—145; Wally Bradley 76-71—147; Tommy Cruse
FT. WORTH RECREATIONAL — Fort Worth, Texas, 18 holes.
Rex Baxter, 70; Tommy Cruse, 70; Pete Hessemer, 70; and
Wally Bradley, 73 — 283.
WEST TEXAS RELAYS — Odessa Country Club, Odessa, Texas,, 36 holes. Rex Baxter, 150; Wally Bradley, 154; Pete Hessemer, 158; and Richard Parvino, 159. Total 621. Tournament
was played in a dust storm and in freezing temperatures.
ALL AMERICA — Pine Forest Country Club Houston, 72 holes.
Team Medal Play Champions — Bradley, 284; Cruse, 290; Parvino, 292; Hessemer, 298. Team Total, 1164.
Team Match Play — (Bradley, Cruse, Hessemer and Parvino).
All four of our players birdied the last hole and three of North
Texas team birdied it. 7 of the 8 players made putts over 10
feet for birdies. The match ended in a tie and UH won on Medal
Two Ball Champions — (Bradley and Parvino). They shot 205
(54 holes). Rex Baxter was playing in the Masters during this
tournament. He was 19 years old and the youngest golfer ever
to play in the tournament.
Team Members — Rex Baxter, Richard Parvino, Jim
Hiskey, Frank Wharton and Jimmy Russell.
WEST TEXAS RELAYS — Odessa, Texas, 36 holes. Frank
Wharton, 69-69, 138; Rex Baxter, 70-70, 140; Jim Hiskey, 69-74,
143; Richard Parvino, 73-74, 147. Team Total 568 (All time record). We had only four players. Jim Hiskey received the news
that he had lost his brother Marion in a plane accident the day
before the tournament began. He played in the tournament
because he knew Marion would want him to go ahead and
play. He left after the tournament for the funeral at Po-
REX BAXTER, JR. of Amarillo, Texas. Rex played
on UH's First Championship Team (1955), played
on UH's First NCAA Championship Team (1956),
was UH's First NCAA Medalist (1956), was UH's
First NCAA Champion (1957), and was UH's First
Walker Cupper (1954-1957),