NLR’s Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame to induct former golf director
The Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame will host its 55th Annual Induction Banquet March 8, at its facility adjacent to Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, where a former UALR golf director is slated to become one of eight new inductees.
Wyn Norwood, who has been a member of the Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame since 2001, will add to his resume one of Arkansas athletics’ top honors at the spring ceremony. Norwood’s record of success during his 20 years at the university includes earning the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year award six times and leading the Trojans to four Sun Belt Championships, each of which resulted in repeat championships for both the men’s and women’s teams.
Norwood mentored three Sun Belt Conference individual medalists in 1999, 2000 and 2005, as well as a series of all-conference performers throughout his tenure. He reached new heights in 2011, obtaining the honor of leading USA men’s golf at the 2011 World University Games Shenzen, China.
When he arrived at UALR in 1992, Norwood faced the challenge of restoring the golf program, which featured an inactive men’s team and a non-existent women’s team.
“Nobody is more deserving to be inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame,” Director Ray Tucker said. “Golf is said to be a gentlemen’s game and Wyn Norwood is a true gentlemen. It’s been a pleasure knowing the man all of these years.”
Former student athletes also praise Norwood for his abilities as a teacher and mentor. “First of all, what Coach Norwood has done for the UALR golf program over the years is extraordinary,” graduate Niklaus Benton said, “putting in all of his effort to make sure us players have the best situation we can possibly have. He was always very organized and was adamant on us being on time, being prepared and giving our best effort in everything we do in life, not just golf.”
As a student at Arkansas Tech University, Norwood earned all-conference honors in both golf and football. Displaying an aptitude to do well at many things, Norwood was a Navy pilot from 1967 to 1972, prior to serving as President of the Arkansas State Golf Association, the Southern Golf Association and the Mid-South Golf Association.