Administered by the STPGA Foundation and supported by the Hannon Cup Association, merit based scholarships are awarded each year to deserving boys and girls. The Hannon Cup Association feels very strongly about the scholarship program and the George Hannon Scholarship is currently the largest scholarship awarded through the STPGA Foundation. For more information about the George Hannon Scholarship or any of the other scholarships offer through the STPGA Foundation please visit www.stpga.com/foundationinfoapplications
2011 Scholarship Recipients
Alyssa was introduced to the game of golf by her father at the age of 9. “It was then I realized that golf was a game I not only loved, but felt I could excel in,” she said. Alyssa began her junior tournament career with the Southern Texas PGA, and then joined her middle school and high school teams. She continued to compete in tournaments run by the AJGA, Texas Legends Junior Tour and the Texas Junior Golf Tour. “These experiences have led me to where I am today; a soon-to-be sophomore playing for the 2010 Big 12 Champions, the Texas Longhorns,” said Alyssa. “ I have been so fortunate that golf has opened, and continues to open, so many doors throughout my life. I could not be more thankful.”
Brandon began playing golf with his grandfather when he was 4 years old. He started playing with The First Tee of Austin at age 8, and played for 3 years, earning Player of the Year twice. He then played with the STPGA for 5 years, winning 15 tournaments and earning Player of the Year twice. Brandon has had 16 top-10 finishes while playing on the Texas Legends Junior Tour, including 2 wins. He has also acquired 14 top-10 finishes on the Texas Junior Golf Tour, including 3 wins. Brandon played on the varsity golf team at Lake Travis High School all 4 years, winning the state championship just last month. “One of my biggest accomplishments to date has been winning the AJGA Randy Smith Classic at Texas Tech in 2009,” said Brandon. He will be playing golf for Concordia University at Austin in the fall.
ANDREW SHANE MORRIS Andrew Shane was involved with the STPGA Junior Tour for the duration of high school and has said this experience has made him a better person. “I have learned how to handle situations that don’t go my way and how to treat others respectfully as a result of the STPGA rules that were put in place on the golf course,” he said. “I have learned how to handle adversity and make good from bad situations. I personally know that I am a better person because of my experience in the STPGA.”
Kelsey, a four-sport varsity letterman, never got the chance to focus solely on golf, until she experienced an unfortunate and unexpected ACL injury on the basketball court her senior year. “This forced me to realize the longevity of golf,” Kelsey said. “Ever since then I have been focused entirely on my golf game and taking it to the next level.” During her first two years of college, she received awards for All Conference, along with SCAC Player of the Week twice. Currently a double major in Business and Communication, Kelsey is looking to combine the two within the golf field after graduation. She has numerous tournaments lined up this summer and is looking forward to competing and developing her golf game and career this upcoming year. “My future in golf is still unwritten, but I am excited to see where adventures within the golf world will take me,” said Kelsey. 20
Webb is a well-rounded young person who has represented his school and community well. At Burnet High School he earned the honor of MVP of the golf team his freshman and junior years, and was a leading factor in the team’s advancement to the regional tournament in 2009-2010. Aside from his athletic ability, Webb exhibits great intellect and common sense. While at Burnet High School he challenged himself academically, participating in a course load of honors and AP classes. He demonstrated the capacity to balance a life of school, extracurricular activities, work and family. Webb then moved to a new community and school where he continued his involvement with the golf team, as well as Christian Youth Fellowship and the Young Life program. Webb has been accepted to the PGA Golf Management Program through the School of Business at New Mexico State University and will start in the fall.
2010 and 2011 Recipients
Michelle had a great freshman year at Wake Forest. “I have loved every minute of it,” she said. “It was a lot of fun playing on the golf team and my teammates are great.” Michelle hasn’t declared a major yet, but is planning on studying either Finance or Accounting. This summer she is playing several tournaments and working at junior golf camps as well as a few STPGA Junior Tour tournaments. She will also be taking a service trip to Nicaragua with the Volunteer Service Corps from Wake Forest. “I really appreciate the opportunities that the George Hannon Scholarship is giving me at Wake Forest!” she said.
Sean Aleman, a 6th generation Austinite, just graduated from St. Michael's Catholic Academy and will play on the Men's Golf Team at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene this fall. Sean, a Eucharistic Minister at St. Ignatius Church, has donated over 60 hours of service work to the poor, sick and elderly, and works at the Jimmy Clay Roy Kizer Golf Course part-time. Sean's played many sports throughout his high school career, but his love is for the game of golf. He has been on the SMCA varsity golf team since his freshmen year and was the no. 1 seed 3 years in a row. He has played competitive golf since the 5th grade with the STPGA Junior Tour, and is currently playing with the Texas Legends Junior Tour. Sean will be a first generation college student and will begin his studies in Pre-Dental.