Inaugural Ben Hogan Classic at Fort Hood scheduled in March 2013

Oct. 18, 2012 – The Ben Hogan Foundation will host the first Ben Hogan Classic at Fort Hood on Friday, March 15, 2013. A youth clinic put on by the First Tee of Killeen will be conducted for the children of the soldiers in addition to the golf tournament. A social hour and awards ceremony then dinner for all the participants and their families will follow the tournament. The evening will conclude with a musical performance by Jolie Holliday and a guest appearance by Sonny Burgess. The sole purpose of this event will be to say thank you to the soldiers and their families. The 2013 Ben Hogan Classic at Fort Hood will be the biggest golf tournament on the largest Army base in the world. There is no cost to any soldier or family member for this military appreciation day. “We are committed to making this a very special day for the soldiers and their families,” said Robert Stennett, executive director of the Ben Hogan Foundation. Mr. Hogan was a very patriotic American who proudly served his country in World War II.” To honor our soldiers is something that would make Mr. Hogan very proud,” said Robert Stennett

Texas National benefits three local charities

July 26 – 28, 2012 – The inaugural Texas National golf tournament was conducted at Pebble Beach Golf Resort in California. This bi-annual event put on by the Pat Green Foundation also benefits the Ben Hogan Foundation and the Gladney Center for Adoption. Almost 300 guests made their way to the Monterey Peninsula to play some great golf and attend some amazing galas. In the end, the three charities made over $500,000. “This may have been the best golf tournament and gala in the world this year. We are so grateful to Pat Green and his Executive Director Thomas Isbell for their vision and leadership in making this event so special,” said Robert Stennett of the Ben Hogan Foundation.

Justin Golf announced as Title Sponsor of the 2012 Ben Hogan Invitational

June 18, 2012 – The Ben Hogan Foundation is pleased to announce a partnership with Justin Brands with Justin Golf becoming the title sponsor for the 2012 Ben Hogan Invitational. “This partnership pairs two of Fort Worth’s great organizations and is a perfect re-connection as Mr. Hogan and Mr. Justin were lifelong friends,” said Robert Stennett, executive director of the Ben Hogan Foundation. “Justin Brands and now Justin Golf stands for quality and that was something that was very important to Mr. Hogan in his business life,” said Stennett.

Ben Hogan Learning Center Panel honors Mrs. Hogan

Jan. 10, 2012 – The Ben Hogan Foundation proudly announced its intent to name the Judgment Panel at the Ben Hogan Learning Center after Mr. Hogan’s long-time partner and wife, Valerie Hogan. After all, said Robert Stennett of the Ben Hogan Foundation, “the two were great partners in life and it is only appropriate that both names be prominently recognized in this wonderful facility that honors Mr. Hogan’s legacy.”

Ben Hogan Learning Center opens in Fort Worth, Texas

On Saturday, Dec. 10, (2011) The Ben Hogan Learning Center officially opened for business. “It is truly a dream come true and a facility that will benefit tens of thousands of Fort Worth youth for many years to come,” said Executive Director Robert Stennett of the Ben Hogan Foundation.

The Ben Hogan Learning Center is a state-of-the-art $1.5 million, 5,800-foot facility that is now the home for The First Tee of Fort Worth. The Ben Hogan Learning Center not only has the offices and classrooms for The First Tee of Fort Worth, it provides a library and computer room, swing room, club repair room, teen hangout and a museum that honors the memory of Ben Hogan and celebrates the rich history of golf in Fort Worth. In 2011, over 15,000 children and teens participated in one or more programs offered by The First Tee of Fort Worth making Fort Worth the fastest growing First Tee chapter in the world. With this facility now opened, The First Tee will be able to grow that number significantly in future years creating a wonderful culture of future leaders in the Fort Worth area.

The First Tee is a World Golf Foundation initiative dedicated to providing young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship. The organization was created in 1997 as a way to bring golf to young people that otherwise would not be exposed to the game and it positive values. (Courtesy of The First Tee.)

J.J. Henry, Angela Stanford and Mike Moncrief Celebrate Opening of Youth Learning Center

Fort Worth, Texas – Dec. 10, 2011 – The First Tee of Fort Worth held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the new, state-of-the-art youth learning center, the Ben Hogan Learning Center, the morning of Saturday Dec. 10. The event was attended by Pro Golfers J.J. Henry and Angela Stanford, and by former Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief and Lisa Scott, Ben Hogan’s great niece, as well as many participants of The First Tee of Fort Worth.

The Ben Hogan Learning Center is the culmination of a five-year plan and multi-million dollar golf learning facility for youth ages 5-18 that includes an indoor learning center, driving range and putting and chipping greens. This one-of-a-kind facility is exclusively dedicated to the programs of The First Tee of Fort Worth and the community we serve. Major funding for the project was provided by the Ben Hogan Foundation.

“Uncle Ben would be very proud of this Learning Center and the positive impact it will have on so many kids in Fort Worth,” Scott said, reflecting on Ben Hogan’s passion for kids.

Inside of the Learning Center, youth will have the opportunity to perfect their golf skills with the latest electronic swing analysis technology, learn how to fit and repair clubs, learn about the rich history of Fort Worth golf and the career of local golf legend Ben Hogan in the museum or just hang out and play Xbox video games on one of two 70-inch televisions in the Henry House Hangout, a 500-square-foot social haven sponsored by local PGA pro-golfer J.J. Henry’s organization, the Henry House Foundation.

The eco-friendly building itself is an architectural masterpiece as the entire facility was designed and built with spectacular views of a 300-year-old oak that once lined the Chisholm Trail to the east and an eye-catching view of the practice greens and driving range to the south. Visitors walking up from the parking lot will be greeted with a Texas limestone wall engraved with the nine phases of Ben Hogan’s swing coincided with one of The First Tee Nine Core Values, the work of locally-based famed international sculpture Eliseo Garcia.

Children and teens with their parents may visit during the following hours:

  • Mon, Tue, Wed – 9:00 to 5:00
  • Thurs – 9:00 to 8:00
  • Fri – 9:00 to 5:00
  • Sat – 10:00 to 5:00 (Special Programming)
  • Sun – 12:00 to 4:00 (Special Programming)

Former Fort Worth Mayor Latest to Join The Ben Hogan Foundation Board

Fort Worth, Texas — Nov. 23, 2011 — The Ben Hogan Foundation is pleased to announce that Mike Moncrief, former mayor of Fort Worth, Texas has joined its board of directors. Moncrief, a life-long resident of Fort Worth, has dedicated his life to public service.

Moncrief served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1971 to 1974, County Judge from 1974 to 1986, Texas State Senator from 1992 to 2003, and Mayor of Fort Worth, Texas from May 3, 2003 until July 12, 2011. Mayor Moncrief and his wife Rosie served on the Host Committee for Super Bowl XLV. Vital partnerships were established by the Moncriefs with Fort Worth key leaders to host ESPN during the biggest weekend in American sports. In 2011 during Moncrief’s tenure, Fort Worth was named one of the National Civic League’s All-America Cities and it remains among the nation’s top 10 safest cities among the fastest growing major cities in America. Mike and Rosie have two sons, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

“We are very pleased to have Mike Moncrief on our Board of Directors,” said Robert Stennett, executive director of the Ben Hogan Foundation. “Mike is a well-known and respected community leader who personally knew Mr. Hogan. As a result, he understands the legacy we are preserving and will prove to be a valuable director of Mr. Hogan’s Foundation.”
The Ben Hogan Foundation is dedicated to honoring and preserving the famed Texas golfer’s legacy and character. It does this by promoting the game of golf for young people, providing college scholarships, supporting families of injured or fallen servicemen and women, and helping fund programs at children’s hospitals.

The Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) governed by a board of directors. The other officers are Lisa Scott, Hogan’s niece and heir; Mike Wright; the director of golf at Shady Oaks Country Club and a Hogan protégé; Michael McMahan, a Hogan admirer whose company designed and built the Ben Hogan Office at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth; David Chapman, a prominent West Coast golf course developer; Tom Stites, chief scientist at Nike Golf; and Mike Ball, president of Mike Ball Reality Corporation.

Those wishing to support Ben Hogan’s legacy by giving to the foundation may do so by calling Stennett at 817-301-9934 or writing to P.O. Box 121518, Fort Worth, Texas 76121-1518.

Three new additions to the Honorary/Advisory Board of the Ben Hogan Foundation

Fort Worth, Texas – Nov. 16, 2011 – The Ben Hogan Foundation is pleased to announce that Clarence Stennett, PGA Professional Lanny Wadkins, and Dallas club professional Eldridge Miles are the latest additions to the Ben Hogan Foundation’s Honorary/Advisory Board. Clarence Stennett is a current resident of Kerrville, Texas and former friend of Ben Hogan’s. Stennett, a former member of Shady Oaks Country Club, became friends with the legendary golfer in the late ’60s and that friendship continued until Mr. Hogan’s death in 1997. “One of Mr. Hogan’s favorite things in life were peaches and we had some of the best peaches in the country in Ruston, La.” said Stennett who at that time lived in Shreveport, La. “I would bring peaches over to Ben and Valerie each summer. Valerie would then get to work on peach preserves and pies for the Ben. It became an annual tradition.”

The second addition to the Honorary/Advisory Board is PGA professional Lanny Wadkins. Wadkins was a friend of Mr. Hogan’s who would come to Shady Oaks periodically and play Mr. Hogan a round of golf. Wadkins ranked in the top-10 of the official world golf rankings for 86 weeks from its debut in 1986 to 1988. Wadkins was born in Richmond, Va. He attended Wake Forest University. He won the U.S. Amateur in 1970 and turned professional in 1971. His first win on the PGA Tour arrived quickly at the 1972 Sahara Invitational in Las Vegas and he was later voted 1972 PGA Rookie of the Year. On the PGA Tour, his most significant wins were the 1977 PGA Championship at Pebble Beach and The Players Championship at Sawgrass in 1979. Wadkins was voted PGA Player of the Year in 1985. Over his career, he picked up a win more seasons than not until 1992, when he achieved his 21st and final PGA Tour victory at the Canon Greater Hartford Open. He played for the United States in the Ryder Cup eight times between 1977 and 1993, which ties the highest number of appearances in the competition by an American, alongside Raymond Floyd and Billy Casper. Wadkins collected 21½ points during his Ryder Cup career, one of the very best records on either side in the history of the competition. He also captained the team in 1995. Wadkins worked as an analyst for CBS from 2002 until 2007 when he was replaced by Nick Faldo. Wadkins was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009.

The third addition to the Foundation’s Honorary/Advisory Board is Eldridge Miles. Eldridge Miles is a Life Member of the PGA of America and long-time friend and playing partner of Mr. Hogan’s. Eldridge attended college in Fort Worth at TCU where he was a baseball standout. Miles was on the Hogan staff for many years. He is the former head golf professional at Dallas Country Club and Glen Eagles Country Club. He is currently a teaching professional at Glen Eagles Country Club.
The purpose of the Honorary/Advisory Board of the Ben Hogan Foundation is to honor selected friends of Mr. Hogan’s, report to them the Foundation’s progress, and encourage them to influence the direction of the Foundation. “It is very important for us to have those who best knew Mr. Hogan to help steer the ship,” says Robert Stennett, executive director of the Foundation

The Ben Hogan Foundation is dedicated to honoring and preserving the famed Texas golfer’s legacy and character. It does this by promoting the game of golf for young people, providing college scholarships, supporting families of injured or fallen servicemen and women, and helping fund programs at children’s hospitals.

Youth Learning Center Honoring the Late Ben Hogan to Break Ground

Fort Worth, Texas – Jan. 19, 2011 — The First Tee of Fort Worth will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Ben Hogan Learning Center at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday Jan. 20, 2011 at Rockwood Golf Course in Fort Worth. Among the speakers for the event will be Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief and Lisa Scott, Ben Hogan’s Great Niece. The event culminates over five years of planning and fundraising for the 5,800 square foot 1.5 million dollar facility.

Camp Broncho 2010

Fort Worth, Texas – June 2, 2010 — For the third year in a row, the Ben Hogan Foundation will sponsor Camp Broncho of North Texas, a weeklong camp for North Texas children between the ages of 7-12 with a diagnosis of persistent asthma.

At Camp Broncho, children get to hike, rope repel, fish, ride horses, swim and play games, while also learning about their disease and how best to manage it. Camp Broncho 2010 is scheduled from Aug. 8-13, 2010, and attendance this year has increased from 80 to 100 children. Camp Broncho is a joint collaboration between Cook Children’s Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center Dallas.