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Hannon's History

Updated: Friday, November 15 2013, 03:19 PM CST

In 18 seasons as head golf coach at the University of Texas, George Hannon won nine conference titles, two national titles and guided future pros Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite to NCAA individual championships.

"I enjoyed my 18 years as a coach over there, and all those kids," Hannon recalled.

But before Hannon made a mark on UT history, he played a role in U.S. history.

Stationed in New Guinea, the Philippines and Manila, Hannon flew 43 missions with the Army Air Corps during World War II.

"I guess I was too young to think anything is going to happen," admitted Hannon.

The University of Texas and its fans often relive the glory of Hannon's golf teams and players. This weekend, Hannon will have the opportunity to reminisce about his original squad.

"I've already had sleepless nights thinking about this thing," said Tim Black, Fundraising Chairman for the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. "I'm real excited about it."

Prior to Saturday's game against Oklahoma State, Tim Black and the San Marcos-based Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force will perform a flyover with their vintage airplanes. Inside of this B-25 and high above Royal Texas Memorial Stadium will be George Hannon, 68 years after his last voyage in a warplane.

Why Hannon is a part of the flyover on Veteran's Recognition Day is a credit to his military record. How he got there is a credit to his coaching record.

"He represents the greatest generation ever, so I believe that was imparted to us on the team," said Mike Holbrook, who played for Hannon at Texas from 1964 to 1967.

Although Holbrook never heard Hannon share a war story, he knew how much of an impact those 15 months in the South Pacific made on his coach. So when Mike's wife Jill had the opportunity at a charity auction to purchase Hannon a seat in the B-25 on Saturday, this incredible opportunity took flight.

"It was just a no-brainer," admitted Jill. "I had to get that for coach. He's 89 years old and the epitome of an American hero."

Jill knows an American hero when she sees one. Her son, Tommy, is currently deployed in Afghanistan.

"Army infantry," explained Jill. "He's a scout and he serves with great honor and great pride. It's been emotional today so I can only imagine it's going to be very emotional on Saturday."

A coach, his pupil, his wife, her son. All linked by love for country and course - a course that Saturday, will come full circle.

by Adam Winkler

The Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is located at the San Marcos airport. The hangar and museum is open to the public Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 4pm. For more information, click to their web site.

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Thursday's Game

Jacksonville 21, Tennessee 13

Saturday's Games

Washington 27, Philadelphia 24

San Diego 38, San Francisco 35, OT

Sunday's Games

Houston 25, Baltimore 13

Detroit 20, Chicago 14

Atlanta 30, New Orleans 14

Miami 37, Minnesota 35

Carolina 17, Cleveland 13

Green Bay 20, Tampa Bay 3

Pittsburgh 20, Kansas City 12

New England 17, N.Y. Jets 16

N.Y. Giants 37, St. Louis 27

Oakland 26, Buffalo 24

Dallas 42, Indianapolis 7

Seattle 35, Arizona 6

Monday's Game

Denver at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.

NBA

Sunday's Games

Toronto 118, New York 108

Cleveland 105, Memphis 91

Sacramento 108, L.A. Lakers 101

Phoenix 104, Washington 92

Miami 100, Boston 84

Philadelphia 96, Orlando 88

Brooklyn 110, Detroit 105

New Orleans 101, Oklahoma City 99

Indiana 100, Minnesota 96

Monday's Games

Denver at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Portland at Houston, 8 p.m.

Utah at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Atlanta at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

Sacramento at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Sunday's Games

Colorado 2, Detroit 1, SO

Dallas 6, Edmonton 5, SO

Boston 4, Buffalo 3, OT

N.Y. Rangers 1, Carolina 0

Chicago 4, Toronto 0

Philadelphia 4, Winnipeg 3, OT

Monday's Games

Ottawa at Washington, 7 p.m.

Nashville at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Arizona at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

San Jose at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

Calgary at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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