The Jimmie Austin family has a long love of, and association with, golf and the University of Oklahoma. Jimmie was an oil and gas drilling contractor and independent producer from Seminole, Okla. At the urging of his sons, he learned to play golf in his late 40s. He loved the game but he also loved the many friendships he made from playing golf. Both of his sons, who attended OU, have been devoted golfers since high school. His three grandsons have been golfers since they could swing a club.

Jimmie and his wife Marie, who passed away in 2004, loved the university

and were very proud to provide the lead gift for the OU golf course renovation in 1996. Son Paul D. Austin was an OU regent from 2000 to 2007, serving as chairman at the end of his tenure. He was also a founding member and longtime president of the OU Men’s Golf Chip In Club. Son Jimmie Lynn Austin has been a member and chairman of the Golf Coordinating Committee for the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club for more than 10 years.

Jimmie was excited when it was announced that the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship would be held at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club

Unfortunately, he passed away in 2007 at the age of 90, two years before the event. Paul and Jimmie Lynn honored their parents by providing a matching gift through the Jimmie and Marie Austin Foundation to support the USGA’s 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
The rich heritage of the grounds of the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club dates back to the mid-1940's, when the land was home to a U.S. Navy recreational facility. Situated on what was once called "South Base," the facility served as an annex to the Norman Naval Air Station.

In 1949, in coordination with the Navy and with the leadership of OU President George Lynn Cross, construction began on the OU Golf Course

At that time, famous golf course architect and native Oklahoman Perry Maxwell was commissioned to build the project, and in January 1951 the course opened for play. In 1996, thanks to the generous contributions from OU supporters, and especially that of namesake Jimmie Austin, an extensive renovation of the course was completed. World-renowned course architect Robert Cupp was chosen for the redesign, which remained true to features envisioned by Maxwell some 50 years earlier.

Today, the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club continues to reflect the level of excellence for which the University of Oklahoma is well known. In recognition of this excellence, the course has played host to the 1997 Oklahoma State Amateur and NCAA Regional, the Big 12 Women’s Championship in 1998 and 2010, and most notably the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in 2009.  The course hosted the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship and NCAA Regional Championships in 2012 (men's) and 2013 (women's).

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