In 2008, the Ben Hogan Foundation began this support of the military by pledging to Patriot Golf Day – a joint venture between the PGA of America and the USGA. Established in 2007, Patriot Golf Day is a fundraising program of the Folds of Honor Foundation and Wounded Warriors, Inc. that supports families of servicemen and women injured or killed while protecting our nation.
After winning 15 tournaments in less than three years, Mr. Hogan left the PGA Tour and joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 to proudly serve his country. Mr. Hogan always had a warm place in his heart for the men and women who serve this nation so bravely. It is with this spirit that the Foundation designated its fourth initiative: support of the military.
In 2013, the Ben Hogan Foundation, in collaboration with the leadership at Fort Hood, created the Ben Hogan Classic at Fort Hood. Our mission with the Classic is very simple: to give soldiers and their families a day off, serve them for a change, and tell them how much we appreciate all they do for us.
In 2014, we were thrilled to have PepsiCo as our Title Sponsor. We very much appreciate their support and interest in thanking our soldiers and their families. In 2015, we are proud to partner with The Miles Foundation to put forth the Ben Hogan Classic at Fort Hood. The Miles Foundation is a premier Fort Worth charity whose support of the military closely aligns with the Ben Hogan Foundation’s mission.
The Ben Hogan Classic at Fort Hood occurred on Friday, March 20, 2015, and included 200 soldiers in the golf tournament, a youth clinic put on by The First Tee of Fort Worth, as well as dinner and entertainment for the soldiers and their families. Executive Director of the Ben Hogan Foundation, Robert Stennett, stated, “It was certainly our honor and indeed our privilege to support the soldiers who so proudly serve our country and provide for the freedom we enjoy each day.”
See below two links featuring stories on this year’s event that appeared in the Fort Hood Sentinel and Fort Hood Herald, respectively:
This year we were pleased to continue our partnership with The Miles Foundation as our Title Sponsor. On Thursday April 27th, 2017, Pat Green performed a private concert for the soldiers and their families at the Fort Hood Football Stadium. The next morning, the Fifth Annual Ben Hogan Classic at Fort Hood took place with over 200 soldiers of all ranks. We were honored to have Fort Hood Commander Lt. Gen. Paul Funk II playing in the tournament. He said, “I guarantee you there is no other country in the world that celebrates its Soldiers like this one. This organization represents all that’s great about our country.”