Johnny Splawn Memorial Golf Tournament
Each year near the end of September or beginning of October, the Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association hosts the Johnny Splawn Memorial Golf Tournament. The proceeds are a fundraiser for the organization, and a charitable organization is also chosen as a beneficiary.
Previous charity beneficiaries are listed below.
2018 – The Boys and Girls Club of Lubbock
2017 – The Team Luke Foundation
Johnny H. Splawn, Jr., a lawyer, was born March 15, 1914, in Greenwood, Texas. He attended the Splawn School through 7th grade and Greenwood High School, riding 5 miles horseback to and from classes before the advent of the school bus. After graduating from Richardson High School near Dallas during the Depression, he attended North Texas State Agricultural College in Arlington, Texas for 1 year. He then transferred to Texas College of Arts and Industries, Kingsville, Texas, and graduated with a B.A. degree in Business Administration. He spent 2 years in Alaska, teaching school for 1 year at the Eklutna Vocational High School, near Palmer. He worked at a trading post on the Yukon River before returning to Washington, D.C. and earning an LL.B. degree at George Washington University Law School in 1942.
During WWII, John H. Splawn, Jr. served in the United States Army and attained the rank of Major after serving in 5 major battle campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge and the Rhine River Crossing, while serving on the staff of General George Patton. On the River Elbe, he was assigned to occupation duty in Pilson, Czechoslovakia, for 10 months, dealing with the Russian troops along the demarcation zone. While there, he met Margaret Valasta Kopecku, born July 13, 1923, in Belfort, France. With her brother, Anthony, she served in the underground movement working against the Nazi occupation forces until 1943. At that time, her brother was captured by the German Gestapo. Charged for aiding fliers to escape England, he was executed in prison. Margaret escaped the German dragnet and, after the American Liberation of Czechoslovakia, she worked as an interpreter for the Judge Advocate General, helping process displaced persons. Margaret now lives in Florida.
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