Houston's penchant for foreign athletes on the basketball court is well-known, but Akeem Abdul Olajuwon never carried his teammates as far as Elkington, a native of Wollongong, New South Wales, carried the Cougar golfers. Twice in the final two rounds, Elkington chipped in for birdies from off the green.
Williams grew up chopping cotton in Randolph, Texas for $1 a day. He claims he holds the Hunt County record for most cotton picked in one day: 579 pounds. "That always will be a record," he says. "Nobody picks cotton anymore." In 1939 he graduated from East Texas State and became a teacher because the salary looked like a fortune to him. "I made $1,100 my first year out of college," he says. "That was money. When I got that job, I went to Dallas and bought a car and the first three suits I ever owned. The local postman made $65-$70 a month. He could've married anybody in Hunt County."
After attending the U.S. Naval Academy during World War II and later earning master's degrees in both chemistry and engineering, Williams took a teaching job at Houston in 1946. He had just discovered some golf clubs in his brother's attic, and played every morning before his 11 a.m. class. Soon he got his handicap down from infinity to four. Once he began to beat then-Cougar athletic director Harry Fouke regularly, Fouke made him the Houston golf coach.
With championship No. 15 won, Williams now is talking about "Sweet Sixteen." As for all the retirement chatter, he says, "I don't see why anybody would retire, except if they hate to go to work in the morning. I don't hate it. I love it." Besides, his 6-year-old grandson Zachary won his first tournament last week. Shot a 91. Zachary should be a freshman in 1995.