Ben Hogan Foundation, Texas Wesleyan partner to fund scholarship program

November 5, 2013 – The Ben Hogan Foundation and Texas Wesleyan University have partnered to form the Ben Hogan Foundation Mentor Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to a candidate from The First Tee of Fort Worth and cover the full cost of tuition, fees and books.

Robert Stennett, executive director of the Ben Hogan Foundation, and Frederick G. Slabach, president of Texas Wesleyan University, announced the partnership Wednesday during the Ben Hogan Breakfast Club at Colonial Country Club.

“Texas Wesleyan is proud to partner with two great organizations, the Ben Hogan Foundation and First Tee of Forth Worth, to provide full scholarships to deserving students,” said Slabach. “At Texas Wesleyan, our “Smaller. Smarter.” approach will help these motivated students use the lessons they’ve learned in First Tee to thrive in college.”

With an initial value of approximately $500,000, the four-year partnership represents the largest privately funded scholarship program at the university, and validates the missions of both organizations as they strive to provide need-based assistance within the Fort Worth community.

“Even though Mr. Hogan was not able to pursue his education, it was always something he recognized as very important,” said Stennett. “As a result, scholarships for deserving youth has always been one area in which Mr. Hogan’s Foundation has focused.”

Under the terms of the agreement, each organization will cover 50 percent of the cost of the annually renewable scholarships for a full four-year period. Candidates will be selected by The First Tee, and scholarships will be awarded by a review committee comprised of representatives from the foundation and the university.

The scholarship program will also pair students with a mentor from the Ben Hogan Foundation to provide career guidance and help ensure positive results. It was announced during the meeting that the first two scholarship mentors will be Mr. Mark Kalpakis and Mr. Dean Williams.

“This venture between the Ben Hogan Foundation, First Tee of Fort Worth and Texas Wesleyan will change lives,” said Stennett. “It is a partnership that would make Mr. Hogan very proud.”

Jefferson Mooney recognizes friend by donation to the Ben Hogan and Henry House Foundations

October 25, 2013 – During the Friday Night Whites Gala on October 25th, Jefferson Mooney, a Founding Patron of the Ben Hogan Foundation, generously donated $25,000 to the two foundations in honor of Mr. Roger T. Neely. Specifically, Mr. Neely was recognized for his service on the Board of Directors of The First Tee of Fort Worth, his fundraising in The First Tee golf marathon, his volunteerism at Fort Hood for the Ben Hogan Foundation, and his financial support of both charities.

With this donation, the Ben Hogan Foundation has began working with representatives from The First Tee of Fort Worth to institute several programs next year that will help First Tee participants and their parents deal with everything associated with transitioning from High School to college. “This is going to be a very exciting new program and something that will truly make a difference in the lives of the program’s participants” said Stennett, the Executive Director of the Ben Hogan Foundation.

2nd Annual “Night with the Stars” scheduled

Jan. 15, 2013 – The Ben Hogan Foundation is pleased to announce a partnership with the Angela Stanford Foundation to put on the 2nd annual Night with the Stars. This year’s dinner and music festival will be held at Billy Bob’s on Wed., May 8. Performers for this year’s event include Patrick Davis, Thomas Rhett and Tracy Lawrence. Tickets to this special evening are sure to go very fast so contact the Ben Hogan Foundation or Angela Stanford Foundation for more information.

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.