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Brother Follows Brother Into Senior Hall

Golf stories are rarely about the actual mechanics of golf. The good ones are about the trials of the human
condition, about family, friends and relationships. That is what made getting to know Louis Lee, the newest inductee into the Senior Amateur Hall of Fame, such a treat.
Louis was not a blue-blood amateur and certainly not the kind of guy who expected to be a Hall of Famer. The son of a minor league baseball player, he grew up listening to the lapping waters of the Little Red River in the sleepy town of Heber Springs, Ark., where his only ambition was to keep up with his older brother Stan.
The two Lees played baseball and golf but when Stan settled on the latter, Louis put the bat and glove away as well. He followed his brother out to Red Apple Country Club, a nine-hole course with push-up greens and no junior golfer restrictions. It became the Lees’ playground.
In their teens they realized they were pretty good, accomplishing enough in fact that Stan received a golf scholarship to Louisiana State. Three years later Louis followed. The brothers got to play on the college team together one year but Louis knew that Stan was and always would be the better player.
After graduation, Louis even followed Stan into the insurance business, the older brother opening the Rhodes and Lee agency on Searcy Street in Heber Springs and Louis following suit with a State Farm agency on West Main.


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