Birmingham businessman Hall Thompson dead at 87

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – The founder of Thompson Tractor Company and developer of the Shoal Creek Country Club died on Wednesday morning.

Hall Thompson died at the age of 87.

Thompson was known for founding the Thompson Tractor Company in 1957. The heavy equipment company eventually became one of the leading companies of its kind.

He also helped to develop the Shoal Creek Country Club, which hosted the PGA Championship in 1984 and 1990. Thompson was the subject of a strong controversy after he was quoted as saying the golf club could not be forced into accepting black members. Thompson has denied the quote and the club now accepts black members, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice being one member of note.

Recently, Shoal Creek announced the hosting of the Regions Tradition, a golf championship with the Champions Tour.

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