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.