You could probably say Brad Aycock had a golf club in his hands from the time he was a toddler on and that dedication to the sport helped make him one of the best to ever sport a Lion uniform.
Aycock capped a phenomenal high school career becoming the first state champion in golf in school history in 2003.
Those accomplishment helped him earn recognition in this year’s class of Durant Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, joining Donnie Husband with induction prior to Friday night’s Durant Lion game with Ada at Paul Laird Field.
Aycock began playing competitive golf at around the age of 10 and it didn’t take DHS golf coach Kent Pickens to take notice of the up-and-comer as he won several junior tournaments.
Once he reached high school, the standout on the links quickly became a stalwart on the squad, reaching the state tournament as an individual his first two years before helping spark the Lion team to the state tournament each of his final two campaigns. He was the first DHS golfer to reach the state tournament all four years of high school.
Aycock placed in the Top 10 at state twice before capturing the gold at Battle Creek Golf Club in Broken Arrow his senior year. He carded a blistering 71 on day one and followed that up with back-to-back rounds of 75 to claim the title as well as All-State honors.
His performance spurred Durant High to a seventh place team finish, their best placing in school history at that time.
Aycock was not only an exceptional golfer at DHS but an exceptional student athlete as he was named to the National Honor Society as well as National Society of High School Scholars.
He played golf at the collegiate level as well, opening his career at Cameron University where he notched seven Top 10 finishes, including two tournament individual championships in his two years with the Aggies.
Aycock then moved on to Southeastern where he recorded eleven Top 10 finishes, including four tournament titles. In 2008 he was named All Lone Star Conference and placed fourth in the South Central National Regional with a three-round score of 210. That including a spectacular 66 in his final round as a college golfer.
Since college, Aycock has played professionally off and on since 2009, most recently competing in the prestigious Oklahoma Open with 150 other players. He made the two-day cut and finished in the Top 40 at the event.