GLEN ROSE – After a 27-year hiatus, one of Glen Rose’s own has returned home and he brought his growing family to boot. Granted, Chris Wood spent only the first year of his life as a Glen Rose resident, but his roots run deep and he has made his way back to serve as the advertisement executive for the Glen Rose Reporter.

Chris is the grandson of longtime Somervell County residents and small business owners Jimmy and Ida “Ikie” Branaham. The couple served as owners and operators of Ikie’s Restaurant, formerly located on US Hwy 67, while Chris was growing up in Gonzales, La.

“We used to come up every summer when I was a kid,” Wood recalled of the time spent with his mother’s parents. “We would pretty much hang out at the restaurant a lot, but not a lot else. When we did go out, we definitely liked to go to Dinosaur Valley State Park, too.”

Chris graduated in 1996 from East Ascension High School in Gonzales where he earned a golf scholarship to Faulkner State Community College in Alabama. While attending FSCC, Chris played alongside fellow Sun Chief, future PGA Tour pro and two-time Masters Champion, Bubba Watson.

A car wreck derailed his professional golf aspirations after college, but he gave a second run at a Tour card a number of years later while competing on the PGA’s Adams Pro Tour.

“I was roommates with Bubba Watson in college before he transferred to Georgia and, while the Adams Tour was cool, my real memories are from college,” Chris said. “It was cool to get to pursue my lifelong goal of playing professional golf. If I had been a little younger or when I first got out of college, then maybe it would have happened, but it just didn’t really work out.”

His first foray into sales happened shortly after his collegiate career when a friend landed him a job at a car lot. Since then, Chris has spent close to 20 years in some shape or form of sales throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Furniture sales, car sales, sale manager, finance manager, golf pro shop – and the list goes on.

Chris returned to the area in 2008 for a four-year gig as the assistant golf pro at Harbor Lakes Golf Club in Granbury. He then returned to Louisiana for three years before deciding to relocate his family back to where it all began.

“We moved to be closer to our family mostly,” Chris said. “My wife and I have a one-year-old now and we are expecting our second in August. With us both being from here and our family growing, we decided we needed a few more babysitters.”

“We are members of Cottonwood Baptist Church in Glen Rose and our families both live in Glen Rose, so the move just made sense,” Chris continued. “Glen Rose was always a place I enjoyed as a kid and I hope my kids can find that same enjoyment. From what I have gathered, the schools are great, too. It really is just a great place to raise a family and great opportunity for us.”

For any ad questions, requests or even to welcome Chris to Glen Rose, stop by the Reporter’s office located at 1005 Big Bend Trail, Suite No. 1, call (225) 323-4383, or email cwood@theglenrosereporter.com.