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.