Frankie Rinehart (1957 Purcell High School Graduate)
Letterman Purcell High School Football (1953 - 1956)
Letterman Purcell High School Basketball (1953 - 1957)
Letterman Purcell High School Baseball (1954 - 1957)
Letterman Purcell High School Track (1954 - 1957)
Frankie was a 4 Year, 4 Sport Letterman earning 16 Varsity Letters at Purcell High School. He also served as the President of the PHS Letterman's Club during his Senior year
A 3-year starter at Quarterback, Running Back, and Defensive Back, and also kicked extra points for the Dragon Football Team. Was named All-Conference n Football after his Senior Year ( 1956 )
A 3-year starter at Point Guard for the Dragon Basketball Team including the (1956-57) Class B State Champions. Frankie played on PHS Basketball teams that went to 4 consecutive Class B State Basketball Tournaments which is still a PHS School Record
Playing for Boney Matthews, Frankie's PHS basketball teams went (125 - 21) during his 4-year career. Besides winning the 1957 State Title, his teams were Class B State Runner-Ups twice and were also Class B State Semi-Finalists his Junior year.
Would work out on his own for track practice while waiting for the other baseball players to arrive for practice during baseball season. Hard work paid off as he qualified for the Class B State Track Meet in the Pole Vault for 3 straight years
Once, during the summer between Frankie's Sophomore and Junior year, he hopped a train in Purcell and rode it to a track meet in Ponca City. Altogether, he entered 4 events that day and won 3 of them; the pole vault, the mile, and the half mile. Since he couldn't take his pole with him on the train, Frankie had to actually borrow one from a friend of his and still won the event.
In 1956, Frankie won Bi-District in baseball and during his Senior year, he was named Honorable Mention All-State in baseball. He had an outstanding Senior season, as he batted .450 and pitched 5 no hitters
During that time period, OU hosted the largest high school baseball tournament in the nation. Each year, over 90 teams were entered. During Frankie's Senior Season, Purcell made it to the final four but were defeated by Bethany in the semi-finals. This tournament was one of the highlights of Frankie's baseball career
Accepted a Football Scholarship to Bacone Junior College in Muskogee, but due to the cancellation of the Football Program that year, he was awarded a basketball scholarship instead
After graduation, Frankie played on and managed several semi-pro baseball teams in the Oklahoma City area
During the next few years while umpiring baseball and refereeing basketball, Frankie took up the sport of golf. He tinkered with the sport for awhile, but took it up full-time when he became the manager of the Purcell Golf Course in 1975. He became a full-fledged PGA professional and Club Pro shortly thereafter. Over the years, Frankie won several Club Championships and at age 55, set the PGC record with a 63 which has since been broken. Frankie has also had 5 "Hole in Ones" during his career.
Frankie left the Brent Bruehl Golf Course in 1992 to play on the "Senior Series" Pro Golf Tour. In 1993, was named as the Senior Player of the Year on the South Central Section PGA Tour. In 1994, Frankie got the opportunity to manage the Pauls Valley Golf Course where he shot the still-standing course record of 62 at the age of 63.
In 2003, Frankie retired from the Pauls Valley Course and started working as the Chairman of the Heartland Players Senior Golf Tour which gave players 50 and older a chance to play on the Champions Tour. Frankie is most proud of the Tour's work through charities such as Wounded Warriors and donations to Junior Golf Progrms all over the Southwest
Frankie is currently serving as the President of the Purcell Men's Senior Golf League
Named as a Running Back on the 1950's PHS All-Decade Football Team by Purcell Football Alumni