Prammanasudh chosen for TU HofF

Former University of Tulsa golfer Stacy Prammanasudh, will join an illustrious class of inductees into the TU Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. Other inductees will be Ed Dubie (football, baseball, track  and basketball, 1928-31), David Smoot (men’s track and field, 1960-63), Wes Hamilton (football, 1971-75), Lauren Lindsay (softball, 2007-10), and the 1982 TU football team. The induction ceremony will be September 29.

Prammanasudh (1988-02) was a four-time first-team NGCA All-American, becoming only the second athlete to earn first-team All-America honors in all four years (1999-2002). She played in all 44 collegiate tournaments and was the individual medalist in 10 career events, just one shy of Nancy Lopez’s school record 11 tournament wins. Prammanasudh was named the three-time Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

In 2002 and 2003, Prammanasudh competed on the Futures Tour and won twice (Frye Chevrolet Classic, Lincoln Financial Futures Golf Classic). At the end of 2003, she was named Futures Tour Player of the Year, earning her full exempt status on the LPGA Tour the following year. She went on to play 10 seasons on the LPGA Tour, winning two tour events; Franklin American Mortgage Championship (2005), Fields Open in Hawaii (2007).

Dubie (football, baseball, track and basketball, 1928-31) earned 12 letters, one a year in four sports. As quarterback on the football team, Dubie led Tulsa to a 26-6 win over Arkansas in the first game ever played at Skelly Stadium in 1930. Dubie was a guard/forward on the basketball team and captained the team for three seasons. He later went on to become the most successful football coach in Sand Springs history, where the basketball arena is named in his honor (Ed Dubie Fieldhouse).

Smoot (men’s track and field, 1960-63) was a member of the only TU track and field teams to win the Missouri Valley Conference Championship (in 1961 and 1962). He won the MVC pole vault championship three consecutive years and set an MVC record each year, including his best vault of 14 feet, 5 inches as a senior in 1963.

Hamilton (football, 1971-75) was an all-Missouri Valley Conference offensive guard in 1974 and 1975 for the Golden Hurricane, while earning recognition as Tulsa’s Best Blocking Lineman as a junior. Hamilton was picked in the third round of the 1976 NFL Draft, played nine seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. One of Hamilton’s sons, Ben, is an offensive lineman with the Seattle Seahawks.

Lindsay (softball, 2007-10) becomes the first-ever Hall of Fame inductee from the sport of softball. She was a 2010 NSCA third-team All-American, while being named the 2010 C-USA Player of the Year. Lindsay concluded her career with a .357 batting average, 50 home runs and a .671 slugging percentage. A three-time first-team all-Conference USA selection, Lindsay also earned NSCA All-Region honors in 2009 and 2010.

The 1982 TU football team is still considered one of the top teams in school history, and became just the fourth team in school history to post 10 victories. The Hurricane posted a 10-1 record with wins over Air Force, Oklahoma State and Kansas, with the only loss coming on the road at the hands of No. 13-ranked Arkansas. Tulsa won a third-straight Missouri Valley Conference title with a 6-0 league record.

Besides the induction ceremony and dinner, the inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the Tulsa-Navy football game on Saturday, Sept. 30.

MOVING ON UP

Just like the players, other staff members of the Tulsa Oilers are looking to advance their careers to the next level in hockey and ultimately earn a position in the NHL. Recently, Oilers equipment manager Colten Wilson was hired by the Syracuse Crunch, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tulsa plays in the ECHL, the Double-A level of pro hockey, while the AHL is the Triple-A level, a step below the NHL.

“I still don’t think it has sunk in completely,” Wilson said in a statement released by the team. “It’s definitely a great opportunity to continue my experience in this business and get another step closer to the ultimate goal.”

The Bloomington, Illinois, native spent one season with the Bloomington Blaze in the CHL before starting with the Oilers in 2013. He spent four seasons in Tulsa, where he played a pivotal role in hockey operations. Of his 348 games in pro hockey, 282 of them were with the Oilers.

“The biggest thing I’ve taken from my experiences so far are the loyal relationships. Having management that trusts you to do your job goes a long way,” said Wilson. “I’m very thankful for [former Oilers Head Coach] Jason Christie and the entire front office for all the extra help along the way.”

He recently had the opportunity to attend Tampa Bay’s Development Camp, where he got to know their staff. He will start in Syracuse as their head equipment manager in August for his first AHL season.