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.