DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Future Masters tournament is steeped in tradition, after all it is the 73rd annual edition of the event.
The Thornton family works hard to keep the family legacy alive.
King Thornton is the tournament’s general chairman.
He is the grandson of Press Thornton, who started the tournament, and the son of Doc Thornton who was the general chairman for 65 years.
Serving as general chairman isn’t the only hat King wears now.
King’s son Luke Thornton has competed in the Future Masters for six total years.
King serves as a rules official for most of the tournament, but as soon as Luke tees off you’ll find him with his family watching Luke golf.
While golf is in the family blood, the Thornton’s try not to pressure Luke to compete.
“We just let him get out there and enjoy playing if he wants to be competitive and play, that’s awesome,” Thornton said. “He’s doing that. He’s really come into his own. He shot a 75 yesterday which is a pretty good round.”
Every member of the Thornton family has in some way participated in the Future Masters.
The family’s goal year after year is to continue growing junior golf.