There’s a nice article on SoonerSports.com today about The Territory, the new golf community in southwestern Oklahoma:
NORMAN, Okla. — All things considered, it’s not that far from Norman to Duncan, Oklahoma. It might seem like a good distance driving down state highway 81 to the southwest, but the small towns along way have a charm that just can’t be found on interstates and superhighways.
Once the path ventures off the highway in Duncan and heads west, one might really wonder if the journey ended up far, far away. There, at the entrance to The Territory golf community is Oklahoma at its very best.
The Territory is the product of Rick and Barbara Braught’s vision and is a jewel on the southwest Oklahoma landscape. Aside from golf, The Territory has created its own community, boasting residential homes, a resort-style pool and activity center and two owners committed to first-class service and a sense of family.
“The whole focus has been on service, trying to take care of people and making them feel like they’re on vacation while they’re out here,” said Rick Braught (’84 BBA, ’89 MBA).
Even with a quick glance, it’s hard not to think about vacation upon arrival at The Territory. The two primary buildings, the Golf House and Prairie House, sit in front of all the community has to offer, including 18 holes of championship golf which have already drawn national tournaments and some impressive accolades.
Since its June 2004 grand opening, the course has hosted the Oklahoma State Amateur, Senior State Amateur and an NCAA Division II Super Regional. Next year, the Halliburton Southwest Oklahoma Championship, as part of the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series, will be staged there.
And after reminding myself that not all readers instantly recognize why this is relevant:
Barbara was born into the McCasland family, a staple in the Duncan area and at OU (her grandfather, T.H. McCasland, was the first man from Duncan to attend OU). Rick’s father, Gene, served as director of the Pride of Oklahoma from 1962-1970, giving him a childhood filled with bicycle rides through campus and kicking practice on an unlocked, non-alarmed Owen Field.
Later, both attended the university and were highly active on campus. Barbara was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, while Rick was a member of the Pride of Oklahoma under his father’s successor, Gene Thrailkill.
In the fall of 1982, Rick started a two-year stint in one of OU’s most prestigious positions, drum major of the Pride. In the role, he was handed the reins to the world-famous “strut” which features the major leading the band down the football field with his back bent so his eyes are often facing the opposite direction. He freely admits that he can’t replicate the move today, but shares a bit of humor from when remembering his college days.
And it is funny—but you’ll have to go read the article for the rest. Congratulations to Rick and Barbara!