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Former MSU players, family gather for a time of reunion

June 23, 2012

Bobby Flemming, right, celebrates making a birdie putt on hole No. 8 at the Mississippi State Golf Course on Saturday with Randy Burtram, third from right, and Fred Perkins, second from right. (Photo by Michael Wardlaw, SDN)

Several former Mississippi State football players had a chance to catch up with one another over the past couple of days.

Players from the 1949-1961 teams had a golf outing on Saturday at the Mississippi State Golf Course. This is the 14th year they have had the reunion which started in 1986 and has been held every other year.

Dr. Jimmy Dodd of Starkville, Scott Suber of Calhoun City and Charles Weatherly of Starkville composed the reunion committee.

"This is just a time for a whole lot of reminiscing and remembering events and times of the teams," Weatherly said. "We have been doing this for 13 years now and we have a great deal of fun each time they come. They come from as far away as Washington D.C. to Houston, Texas."
Weatherly is a 1959 graduate of MSU and is the director of development emeritus for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.

The event included players, sons of players and sons of managers and trainers.

Some of the guys played a practice round of Friday and met early Saturday morning to play in the tournament.

"I've enjoyed being here," said Bobby Flemming from the class of 1961. "We have a lot of fun getting together to visit about the past. I probably don't play golf but two or three times a year, but I do just to play in events like these."

Other events took place over the weekend including a dinner Friday night.
"Oh, there were probably a few (lies) told (Friday night)," Flemming said with a laugh in regards to the reunion dinner.

The golfers also got to take a tour led by Dr. Roy Ruby. The tour included some athletic facilities, including the Mize Pavilion, football facilities and a look at the expansion that will take place at Davis-Wade Stadium.

They also got to see a general tour of the campus.

"(The reunion) was more or less started by the early teams (from) 1949 to 1963," Weatherly said. "They had the first one in Tupelo. We have it every other year and that's the way we have carried it on."

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