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.

Miller takes Low PGA Club Professional honors

Fort Worth, Texas – May 27-30, 2010 — Congratulations to Lindy Miller of the Ben Hogan Foundation who was the low club professional in the 2010 Senior PGA Championship.

Miller shot rounds of 71-75-74-72 (+4, 292) and ended up in a tie for 29th place. Of the thousands who tried to qualify at the 71st Senior PGA Championship, there were 42 PGA Club Professionals in the field and eight who made it to the weekend.

Ben Hogan Museum of Dublin

Dublin, Texas – April 21, 2010 — The Ben Hogan Foundation is extremely pleased to support the Dublin Historical Society in the development of the Ben Hogan Legacy Museum in Dublin, Texas.

“It is seldom one sees a community so united and committed to celebrating their history as I have found in Dublin, Texas,” said Robert Stennett, executive director of the Ben Hogan Foundation. “We are thrilled to work with the citizens of Dublin to make this dream a reality.” Dublin is the childhood home of Ben Hogan who spent the early years of his life there before moving to Fort Worth. With a target date of mid-Aug., 2010, the Ben Hogan Legacy Museum will be the largest museum in the world honoring Ben Hogan.

Honorary/Advisory Board Members

Fort Worth, Texas – Jan. 19, 2010 — The purpose of the Honorary/Advisory Board is to honor selected individuals and their relationship with Mr. Hogan, or to recognize their interest in preserving his legacy.

We welcome our Honorary/Advisory Board members to actively participate in the foundation’s programs and projects as well as influence the direction the foundation takes in the future. With their advice, we know that the Ben Hogan Foundation will continue on a path that Mr. Hogan would be proud of.

Camp Broncho 2009

Fort Worth, Texas – Aug. 8-14, 2009 — The Ben Hogan Foundation again sponsored Camp Broncho 2009 by making it possible for all 80 children to attend camp this year.

Camp Broncho is a summer camp for children with acute asthma and is accomplished in partnership with Dallas and Cook Children’s hospitals. At Camp Broncho, children ride horses, rope repel, swim, fish, boat, play games, enjoy nature and experience numerous other fun activities while learning more about their disease and how to best manage it. Camp Broncho allows children with acute asthma to just be a kid for a week and experience what so many healthy children enjoy every summer.

Please take a minute and watch the DVD on Camp Broncho 2009. If you look at the faces of the kids, you will know that we are truly making a difference in our community. Below is the group picture from Camp Broncho 2009.

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Nike’s Lead Club Designer Joins The Ben Hogan Foundation Board

Fort Worth, Texas – Aug. 26, 2008 — The Ben Hogan Foundation is pleased to announce that Tom Stites, Nike Golf’s director of product creation, has joined its board of directors.

Stites began his career at the former Ben Hogan Golf Company in Fort Worth in 1986 and worked directly with the great golfer for many years, designing more than 100 models of irons, woods, wedges and putters and serving as the company’s last director of research and development. “I owe a great deal to Mr. Hogan,” Stites reflected. “He showed me things about clubs he learned during his incredible career that were locked in his eye, in steel and in dirt.”

At Nike Golf’s research, design and testing facility in Fort Worth, Stites has handcrafted clubs for Tigers Woods and designed products that have won every golf major and more than 137 PGA tour events. He holds 57 golf club patents.

“Tom is a perfect fit for the board,” said Foundation Executive Director Robert Stennett. “He had a unique opportunity to work side by side with, and learn from, Mr. Hogan and as a result he has a great deal of respect for the legacy we are trying to preserve.” Stites is a native of Sallisaw, Oklahoma and received his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Oklahoma State University after attending the Air Force Academy.

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 and a Hogan prodigy; Michael McMahan, a Hogan admirer whose company designed and built the Ben Hogan Office at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth; and David Chapman, a prominent West Coast golf course developer.

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. Visit www.benhoganfoundation.org for more information.

Ben Hogan Foundation Raising Funds to Build Golf Center for Children on Northside

Ben Hogan Foundation Raising Funds to Build Golf Center for Children on Northside
First Tee of Fort Worth Facility to Be Named “Ben Hogan Learning Center” in Honor of Famed Golfer

Fort Worth, Texas – July 23, 2008 — The great golf legend, Ben Hogan, came from humble roots hailing from Stephenville, Texas, his father a blacksmith, his mother a seamstress. So it is fitting that a program benefiting thousands of disadvantaged Fort Worth children is this year’s primary charity for the newly formed Ben Hogan Foundation.

The Foundation is working to raise $500,000 by the end of 2008 to build a learning center on the Northside for The First Tee of Fort Worth. It will be called the Ben Hogan Learning Center.

“We have long wanted to honor Ben Hogan in a visible way in Fort Worth, particularly since he spent so much of his life here,” said the City Mayor Mike Moncrief. “I can’t think of a better way to salute him and his family than through a golf center that will benefit thousands of Fort Worth children for decades to come.”

The First Tee offers educational programs through the game of golf that promote character development and life-enhancing values. Roughly 5,000 children are involved in the Fort Worth program, many from the Northside.

Dozens of First Tee campers showed up at today’s dedication ceremony for the 5,000-square-foot Ben Hogan Learning Center, to be built on city property adjacent to the Rockwood Golf Course along Jacksboro Highway. The center will have hitting bays, a do-it-yourself golf club repair room, library, classroom space, study hall where kids can do homework after school, and a small museum that celebrates public golf and Mr. Hogan’s legacy.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled than to have the support of the Ben Hogan Foundation,” said Kevin Long, executive director of The First Tee of Fort Worth. “We know the funds still need to be raised but we’re confident the Fort Worth community will demonstrate its support.”

“One of the biggest obstacle for kids in golf is that they don’t feel welcome particularly those kids from families who don’t have opportunities to be exposed to golf,” Long added. “This is going to be a safe, accessible environment where all kids, regardless of background, can come and be around other kids.”

The Ben Hogan Foundation is dedicated to honoring and preserving Ben Hogan’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. But this year the Foundation’s primary project is to raise funds to construct The First Tee’s facility.

“Mr. Hogan had a soft spot in his heart for children, and he never forgot his roots,” said Foundation Executive Director Robert Stennett at today’s dedication. “He would be so proud to be affiliated with The First Tee, a program that helps so many kids from families that don’t have a lot of resources.”

Those wishing to support the Foundation’s effort to build the Ben Hogan Learning Center may do so by calling Stennett at 817-301-9934 or writing to P.O. Box 121518, Fort Worth, Texas, 76121-1518. Visit www.benhoganfoundation.org for more information.

The Ben Hogan Foundation Hires First Full-time Executive Director

The Ben Hogan Foundation Hires First Full-time Executive Director – A former aerospace executive takes the lead

Fort Worth, Texas – April 1, 2008 – The newly-formed Ben Hogan Foundation has hired its first full-time executive effective April 1: Robert Stennett, former director of the F-22 fighter’s Supply Chain program at Lockheed Martin.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime for me,” says Stennett, who is leaving the aerospace industry at the peak of his career to head the six-month-old philanthropy. “Mr. Hogan was my childhood hero, and he has a legacy that I feel really strongly about.”

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.

“I’m at a stage in my life when I thought, ‘How do I leave this place better than I found it?’” said Stennett. “I couldn’t think of a better way to do this than to lead this foundation and carry it into the future.”

Stennett will be responsible for overall fund-raising and cultivating affiliations with corporations and such logical partners as the PGA Tour. “Our goals are pretty lofty,” Stennett admits. “While we begin with a national focus, our intent is to grow into an international foundation.”

Stennett agreed to run the Foundation as a volunteer when it officially began last Nov.. At the time he was overseeing close to one billion dollars in inventory for the F-22 program as an executive at Lockheed Martin. But the Foundation grew faster than expected, with inquiries rolling in from all over the country from golf pros, book writers, collectors, fans, and potential contributors. He and the Foundation’s directors concluded it was time for a full-time executive director.

When Stennett moved to Fort Worth in 1984 and joined Shady Oaks Country Club, he had the opportunity to observe Hogan for years before the legendary golfer passed away in 1997. “When you talk with people who actually knew Mr. Hogan, it is interesting to hear them talk so much more about the man than the golfer, about his integrity and character, about his work ethic and being a good friend and a gentleman,” Stennett reflects.

This is why the Foundation exists, he says, and why it focuses its support on programs that reflect Ben Hogan’s core values like integrity, self-determination, courage and hard work.

A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Stennett holds a bachelors degree in business from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and a Masters in Business Administration in management from Louisiana Tech University. He conducted postgraduate studies at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, and Clarkson University’s School of Business.

Stennett served on the Board of Governors at Shady Oaks Country Club from 2001 to 2007, and will serve this year on the Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation’s Scholarship Selection Committee. He also is a committee chair for the 2008 USGA Senior Amateur Championship.

The Foundation is a Code Section 501(c)(3) organization governed by a board of directors. The officers are Lisa Scott, Hogan’s niece and heir; Mike Wright; the director of golf at Shady Oaks 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; and David Chapman, a prominent West Coast golf course developer.