2016 Annual Report

Hello friends,

I am pleased to inform you that our foundation established to honor Mr. Hogan continues to prosper, grow and accomplish projects that truly honor his great legacy. As we begin to say goodbye to 2016 and enter our tenth year as a charity, we wanted to take a minute and report to you the progress we made in 2016 and discuss a few of our plans for 2017.

Ben Hogan Foundation’s 2016 Updates:

The First Tee


The First Tee continues to be one of the Foundation’s primary projects. This is the case because we believe there is so much symmetry between the two organizations. Mr. Hogan loved children, believed in promoting the game of golf, and was an iconic example of a man with strong core values. Because of The First Tee’s Nine Core Values and desire to grow the game of golf, we are confident this is an organization that Mr. Hogan would want us to support. We were pleased to expand our support of The First Tee to include The First Tee of Greater Tyler.

We worked with The First Tee of Fort Worth to offer our fourth full scholarship to a deserving participant. We were also thrilled this year to create a beautiful Hogan swing in crystal to recognize each participant at The First Tee of Fort Worth who achieved “Ace” level certification – the highest level that can be achieved through The First Tee.

We hope to have some very exciting news early next year on the prospect of a second Ben Hogan Learning Center for The First Tee. Stay tuned!

Ben Hogan Classic at Fort Hood presented by the Miles Foundation

For the fourth year in a row, the Ben Hogan Foundation was proud to host the “premier” military appreciation event at Fort Hood to honor our soldiers and their families. “Premier” is the word used by the leadership at Fort Hood when they talk about the Classic. A key to making this event so special is our partner – the Miles Foundation. Their ideas, energy, and volunteers make for a perfect partner. As the tournament has grown, so has the number of volunteers. This year we took over 70 friends down to serve the soldiers. To our volunteers, we also was to extend a very special “thank you”.

Our mission with the Classic is very simple: Give the soldiers and their families a day off, serve them for a change, and tell them how much we appreciate all they do for us. At the Ben Hogan Classic, the soldiers enjoy a great tee gift package; breakfast and lunch; games on the course; a fun day of golf; entertainment; and much more.

Mr. Hogan was very patriotic and always had a warm spot in his heart for the men and women that serve our country. Perhaps this was because after winning 15 tournaments in less than three years in the early 1940s, Ben Hogan left the PGA Tour and joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 to proudly serve his country.

Next year, we will host the fifth annual event on Friday, April 28th.

Ben Hogan Foundation Mentor Scholarships

In May, the Ben Hogan Foundation was pleased to award our fourth Mentor Scholarship to Mr. Josh Hinojosa. The Ben Hogan Foundation Mentor scholarship pays for all the scholarship recipient’s books, fees, and tuition for four years. It represents one of the most unique relationships in the country by creating a partnership between Texas Wesleyan University, the Ben Hogan Foundation, the First Tee, and a Mentor from the community. Josh joins Ms. Jacey Patton, Mr. Anthony Harper, Jr., and Mr. Conner Parish at TWU. We are very pleased to report that all four scholarship winners are doing exceptional at TWU with GPA’s every semester in the 3.5 to 4.0 range. We want to thank Mr. Jason Snider for being Josh’s mentor for the next four years and recognize Mr. Dean Williams, Mr. Mark Kalpakis, and Mr. Robert Stennett for serving as mentors for the other students.

Ben Hogan NTPGA Scholarship Recipients

The Ben Hogan Foundation is proud to partner with the NTPGA Junior Golf Foundation to provide educational opportunities for our youth. Although Mr. Hogan did not have the opportunity to pursue his education due to economic misfortunes, he always realized the importance of a formal education and the positive impact that it has on a young person’s life. It is in this spirit that the Ben Hogan Foundation is pleased to provide educational opportunities for young adults wishing to obtain a college education.

Mr. Mark Miller received the Ben Hogan/Pat and Kori Green Scholarship.

Mr. Lucas Elliott received the Ben Hogan/David and Elizabeth Durham Scholarship.

Mr. Zachary Begland received the Ben Hogan/Gary and Judy Strong Scholarship.

Congratulations to these three winning recipients.

Ben Hogan Perseverance Award

Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and the Ben Hogan Foundation presented the inaugural Ben Hogan Award of Perseverance and $20,000 in scholarships and grants to a high school student and a collegiate athlete at the Ben Hogan Breakfast Club on May 6 at the Ben Hogan Learning Center at The First Tee.

In honor of Ben Hogan’s devotion to the game of golf and his determination to control his own destiny, Texas Health Ben Hogan and the Ben Hogan Foundation have come together to honor athletes with that same determination. The Ben Hogan Award of Perseverance annually recognize students, in high school and college, who have overcome adversity or injury to return and excel in their respective sport(s).

Thanks to the generous support of community donors including Balfour Beatty, Dee J. Kelly Foundation, Frost Bank and Hillwood, the $10,000 Ben Hogan Award of Perseverance will be given to each athlete and then divided equally between the athlete and the athlete’s school/university, each receiving $5,000. The athletes must use the award to fund his/her education.

The 2015-2016 high school Ben Hogan Award of Perseverance winner is Sarah Maynard, a senior at Peaster High School. Maynard’s ability to play sports changed drastically when an automobile accident left her paralyzed from the waist down. After a four month hospital stay, countless hours of physical therapy, the encouragement of family, friends and coaches, and most importantly, her own self-determination, Maynard began her journey back into sports. While things look a little different now that she is in a wheelchair, she persevered. Since the accident, Maynard joined a wheelchair basketball team, advanced to the UIL state tournament for sitting shot-put where she earned the bronze medal and also made the All American Paralympic team.

Though she has accomplished and overcome so much, Maynard still has big plans for the future. “Sugar and spice, obstacles and strife; that’s what life is made of,” said Maynard. “Without them, we would be strangers to ourselves and shadows of the people we could have become.”

The 2015-2016 collegiate Ben Hogan Award of Perseverance winner is Jamakia Hughes from the University of Texas Arlington. Hughes waited two long years to finally get back on the basketball court after enduring an ACL injury and NCAA transfer rules. Unfortunately, after only two practices, Hughes endured another traumatic injury, essentially tearing everything in her knee. Sixteen challenging months after the initial injury and four disheartening surgeries later, Hughes finally became completely cleared for full activity with no restrictions. Hughes is thrilled to be back on the court and looking forward to next season.

Ben Hogan Breakfast Clubs

We continued the tradition of having three or four Ben Hogan Breakfast Clubs in 2016. The breakfasts with friends and an interesting speaker are a fun way to start the morning. At our first meeting of the year, our speaker became ill and we had the opportunity to let all our members tell first person stories about Ben Hogan and it was fantastic! We would also like to thank Nathaniel Crosby, Martin Piller, and Gerina Piller for being speakers this year. Please keep an eye out for our breakfast club notices. We are planning some very special speakers next year.

Texas National

Take 250 close friends, the Monterey peninsula, four parties, all the food and drink you can consume, Pat Green in concert, Huey Lewis and the News in concert and what do you have? The answer is the 2016 Texas National presented by Omni Hotels. Without a doubt, this is one of the most special weekends of the year. The beneficiaries of the Texas National are the Pat Green Foundation, Ben Hogan Foundation, and the Gladney Center for Adoption. Since it’s inception, the Texas National has distributed over a million dollars to these organizations. THANK YOU PAT AND KORI GREEN!

17cd221f-aba1-4b17-8494-e752375fe762An Evening with the Aussies

In May of this year, we partnered with our friend Bruce Devlin to host one of the most unique dinners held in Fort Worth this year. We called it “An Evening with the Aussies” and did it in celebration of Bruce’s 50th anniversary of winning the Colonial NIT. Joining Bruce were Ian Baker-Finch, David
Graham, Geoff Ogilvy, and Adam Scott.

Our guests enjoyed lots of great Aussie stories and were amazed to see three generations of great Australian golfers on the stage at the same time. To stay with the Aussie theme, all the wines served were great wines from Australia and all the food (the appetizers, dinner, and desert) were traditional Australian favorites. To put a crowning touch on the evening, entertainer Sonny Burgess premiered his Aussie song for all the guests to enjoy.


Monster ’51

This summer the Ben Hogan Foundation was excited to partner with Oakland Hills Country Club to host the Monster ’51 in recognition of the club’s centennial celebration and Mr. Hogan’s historic win of the U. S. Open there in 1951. You might recall that Mr. Hogan referred to the course, that was set up especially difficult for that year’s U. S. Open, as the “Monster”.   Following a great day of golf on one of the most challenging courses in our country, members and guests of Oakland Hills enjoyed cocktails and a very unique Hogan exhibit. At the dinner that evening, entertainer Sonny Burgess played the Hogan song followed by some personal Hogan stories by Mr. Bruce Devlin. Oakland Hills Country Club certainly is now a big part of Mr. Hogan’s Foundation. As stated by the Foundation’s CEO, Robert Stennett, “we knew we were going to see one of the great courses and club houses in our country. We found just that along with one of the most welcoming and friendly memberships that we have ever experienced.” A special thanks to Ms. Donna Bonk, the tournament chair and Dr. Bill Ward, the centennial chair. They made the Monster ’51 one of the most unique and special events that Mr. Hogan’s Foundation has ever been a part. Thank you Oakland Hills Country Club for being such a rich part of Mr. Hogan’s legacy.

2017 Plans

What is in store for the Ben Hogan Foundation in 2017? That has proven to be a more challenging question each year than we ever thought would be the case. But this is a good thing, because the surprises are all very positive and helpful for the foundation.

We are looking forward to hosting our 5th Ben Hogan Classic at Fort Hood presented by the Miles Foundation in April, awarding: 1) our 5th Ben Hogan Foundation Mentor Scholarship in the spring to a deserving First Tee participant; 2) four more Ben Hogan Award of Perseverance grants and scholarships, and 3) more partial scholarships in partnership with the NTPGA.

We will continue and expand our support of the First Tee. We believe The First Tee is one of the finest youth development programs in the country. We will again recognize each young person from The First Tee of Fort Worth who achieves the “Ace” level with a special crystal Hogan. We are also very excited about the potential of a second Ben Hogan Learning Center and hope to be making a very special announcement early next year.

We plan to expand our membership program next year and are in preliminary discussions with some other great clubs around the country who might want to support Mr. Hogan’s Foundation and have a very special event for their members.

What we do know is this: Our friends like our Ben Hogan Breakfast Clubs and we will continue them in 2017. We are working with three very interesting speakers for next year.

We will host the eighth Ben Hogan Invitational at Shady Oaks next October and are already planning the 2018 Texas National at Pebble Beach.

We will continue to support and help our friends from Dublin who have the largest museum in the country dedicated to preserving the history of William Ben Hogan.

We appreciate the opportunity to update you on what the foundation is doing to honor Ben Hogan. We truly believe we are celebrating the life of Mr. Hogan in the way he would want us to: by promoting the game of golf, helping young people, and making a difference in the communities where we live. Please know how much we appreciate your support; we know how fortunate we are to have this legacy and your patronage in our journey.

All the best,

Robert Stennett, Chief Executive Officer
Ben Hogan Foundation