Special to The Flash
Day One (June 5) of the two-day Ben Hogan Legacy Golf Series — From Par to Pasture — will wrap up with a party headlined by dignitaries who share a common goal of preserving the legacy of Ben Hogan, who grew up in Dublin and went on to become one of the finest ball strikers in history.
Heading the list of celebrities is Texas Hall of Fame golfer Bruce Devlin, a native of Australia who turned pro in 1961 and had eight victories during his PGA Tour career. At the end of the 1998 golf season, Devlin retired from the Senior PGA Tour to concentrate on his golf course architecture and design business, as well as his commitments to ESPN’s golf telecasts. In the past 30 years, Devlin has designed and built more than 150 golf courses throughout the world.
Another special guest is Tom Stites, longtime club engineering manager for Mr. Hogan at the Hogan Golf Company in Fort Worth before becoming head of club creation for Nike. Now in semi-retirement, he continues to serve as a Nike consultant.
An Oklahoma resident, Stites will share the highlights of a series of articles he is writing for a popular golf magazine about his relationship with Mr. Hogan, who was his friend and mentor, as well as boss.
Joining the group is Terry Koehler, president and CEO of the new Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company which introduced its first clubs last month. Koehler’s clubs are the first produced bearing the Hogan name since Callaway stopped production of the Hogan equipment in 2008. Koehler will bring the new clubs and will talk about his expectations for what he calls the FW15s.
Other special guests will include Robert Stennett, executive director of the Ben Hogan Foundation in Fort Worth, and several of his board members.
Fort Worth-based singer-songwriter Sonny Burgess will join Jolie Holiday and the Layne Golden Band following their round of golf at PAR. Sonny is a member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and has performed at the Grand Old Opry. Jolie is an award-winning singer and songwriter who has performed all over the world.
Burgess and John Colgin of Abilene will perform the tribute which they co-wrote about Mr. Hogan called “Forgotten Fairways,” based on the old Dublin-DeLeon golf course where Mr. Hogan won his last amateur event before turning pro at the age of 17. Golfers will play the sixth annual Cow Pasture Golf Classic at that site, which is now the Estes Ranch, on Saturday morning, June 6.
Golfers will play 4-person scrambles at PAR Country Club on Friday afternoon, and the 9-hole Cow Pasture on Saturday morning. The event concludes with trophy presentation and lunch at the Rotary Building at noon Saturday. Cost is $75 per person per golf event or $125 for both.
The Ben Hogan Legacy Series is the annual fund raiser for the Ben Hogan Museum of Dublin, Texas, the largest Hogan museum in the world. The Dublin museum, owned by the Dublin Historical Society, was created with the assistance of the Ben Hogan Foundation and the Hogan family.
For more information or to register for the golf events, call 254-445-1919 or 254 977-4410.