Editor’s Note: This is the final story in the series highlighting the 2019 Duncan Athletic Hall of Fame class. All eight inductees will be honored at a ceremony the evening of Oct. 5th.
The most recent graduate of the 2019 Duncan Athletic Hall of Fame Class, Brad Fleetwood, has been swinging on fairways and involved in golf for his whole life including in his everyday career.
Fleetwood was a Class 4A State Oklahoma Runner Up in 1998 and an All-State selection in 2000 that saw him get a college scholarship to be a four year letterman at Northeastern State University.
During his tenure at Northeastern State, Fleetwood and his team had several honors before he turned into a graduate assistant at his alma matter for a few years.
After becoming an assistant coach for Jacksonville State University, in 2013 Fleetwood was hired as the head mens & women’s golf coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.
In the spring of 2019 he had his best finish in his collegiate golf coaching career and Fleetwood thought 2019 was a memorable year. However, he then got the call about being inducted which surprised him.
“Honestly, I was shocked and even had to apologize to Rusty (England) a little later on because I was trying to process it all and process the date with our golf schedule,” Fleetwood said. “We actually have two tournaments going on this weekend so my fear was I sounded very unappreciative at the moment and clearly was not. I was very excited and taken off guard when Rusty had shared that with me and I was definitely excited and it’s an honor.”
Reflecting on his playing days at Duncan High School, Fleetwood said he had a great experience growing up in Duncan in general while playing golf.
“A lot of those friends came from my days of playing golf. During that time period in the early to mid 90s when I was in high school we had a lot of junior golfers at the time,” Fleetwood said. “We had a lot of talent for a high school golf team and in many cases, which I know Coach Cox would remember this, we would take two teams to golf tournaments in high school. We had some deep talent during those years so it was a lot of fun and it was extremely competitive. Just qualifying and making the A team was not an easy task at times because we had so much talent during those years.”
One of his fondest memories was during his sophomore year, Duncan High School hosted the State Tournament and Fleetwood remembers his high school days fondly.
Since coaching the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs, Fleetwood said his love of golf shows as he gets to teach the next generation of golfers and said that his days at Duncan prepared him to have a great career.
“Golf has been a passion of mine and to be able to turn that into a career, I am one of the lucky ones that get to do what I love and get paid for it,” Fleetwood said. “I wasn’t the type of talent that would play professionally but to continue my career and involve it with golf just in a different area has certainly been enjoyable.”
Fleetwood returns to Duncan quite often, even most recently winning the Blowout Golf Tournament hosted at Duncan Golf & Tennis Club.
He said he is excited that one of his former teammates who is in the hall of fame is coming back to support him.
“It is really an exciting thing to be able to do this in front of family and friends because I got some family and close friends going to be there Saturday night,” Fleetwood said. “I think that part in itself is going to make the night even more special to me. Duncan will always be my home and it is always a place that I know that I can go back to and I love coming back.”
Fleetwood and the rest of the 2019 Class will be inducted starting at 5:30 p.m. this evening at Duncan Golf & Tennis Club.