O.D. Bounds – Texas Wesleyan University Men’s Golf
The name O.D. Bounds personifies the Texas Wesleyan University’s men’s golf team. After graduating from TWU in 1941, Bounds joined the Coast Guard. He returned to TWU in 1946 and began a forty year career of teaching and coaching.
Bounds’ first taste of golf came as a student at TWU when his tennis match was rained out. As a result, Bounds traveled south to Waxahachie with the Ram’s golf team as a caddy.
During his tenure as the head coach of TWU’s men’s golf, the program earned national titles in 1964, 1969, and 1975. The team also placed in the top ten among National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics schools during all but one year that Bounds coached. TWU claimed 109 tournament wins under Bounds leadership. Part of the program’s success can be attributed to Bound’s wife, Maurice. Before the team left to compete, Maurice would prepare the boys a healthy supply of freshly baked brownies.
Bounds became the first coach in the history of the NAIA to be inducted into its hall of fame, as well as being the first person ever inducted into the TWU hall of fame. In 2009, Bounds became the first NAIA coach ever to be inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame.
TWU continued excelling at golf even when Bounds retired to an assistant coaching position. In 1990, 1995, and 1999 TWU claimed three more men’s golf national titles in the NAIA. Over the years the men’s golf team has become one of the most storied programs in the NAIA qualifying for the national championships 48 out of a possible 55 years.