Southern Texas PGA George Hannon Scholarship
Administered by the Southern Texas Professional Golfers Association Foundation and funded by the Hannon Cup Association, merit based scholarships are awarded each year to deserving boys and girls. For more information about the George Hannon Scholarship or any of the other scholarships offered through the STPGA Foundation please visit their website at www.stpga.com/foundationinfoapplications/ For more information about the Hannon Cup Association and how to get involved visit their webpage on GolfAustin.Org.
Past Scholarship Winners
2011 Alyssa Morgan, Kelsey Coburn, Webb Walker, Brandon Pederson,Sean Aleman
2010: Michelle Hartenstein Shane Morris
2009: Victoria Noetzel Joseph Scivicque
2008: Jennifer Kathleen Lea Ryan Thill
2007: Kasey Terry Jacob Hanzel
2006: Kelsey Thompson Jimmie Jackson
2012 Scholarship Winners
Brandon began golfing with his Grandfather when he was 4 years old. He started out playing with The First Tee of Austin when he was 8, and played for 3 years, where he earned Player of the Year twice. He then joined the STPGA, where he played and competed for 5 years, winning 15 tournaments, and earning Player of the Year twice. One of his biggest accomplishments to date was winning the AJGA Randy Smith Classic at Texas Tech in 2009. He also followed that win up with a 5th place finish at the AJGA Mayakoba Junior Golf Classic at El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del
Carmen, Mexico in 2009. After playing on the Varsity Golf Team at Lake Travis High School for 4 years, they won the State Championship his senior year. Brandon currently attends and plays golf for Concordia University and will be a sophomore this fall.
Chad has been playing golf since his 5th birthday when he received his first set of golf clubs. Chad said that playing golf taught him a lot of things that will benefit him for the rest of his life. “It has taught me to be humble in victories and patient during tough times,” Chad said. “Displaying good sportsmanship and strong leadership on and off the course.” Playing tournaments with the STPGA helped to improve Chad’s game of golf and helped him set goals and accomplish them. Chad has been the President of the FFA for the last two years and has been showing stock show animals since he was 9 years old.Chad graduated in the top 15% of his class on the Distinguished Academic Plan, was a member of the National Honor Society and Academic All District for golf. He plans are to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio and graduate as an Engineer.
Denton Taylor is a 2012 Honor Graduate of Burnet High School. His family has lived in Burnet County for generations. He picked up his first golf club when he was three or four years old and has been playing the game ever since. He first started playing golf competitively in 7th grade when he joined the golf team at Burnet Middle School and has played on the school team every year since. At Burnet High school, he was a member of the varsity golf team all four years and he has been recognized as an academic all-district player all four years. Denton qualified for regional play his sophomore year. When he is not playing golf or studying, he enjoys hunting, fishing, photography and has volunteered in several community service projects each year. He will attend Texas A & M University in College Station in the fall and major in Geology.
Growing up, Elaziel’s mom put her in every club or team she could think of, from orchestra to karate. She took swimming lessons, piano, played basketball, volleyball, you name it. The one sport that stood out was golf. Elaziel didn’t touch a golf club until her freshmen year in high school, but she already knew shewanted to be on the team. She began practicing every day and before she knew it she was in her fourth year of high school golf. During her high school years, Elaziel joined the Spanish club, Future Farmers of America, National Honors Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and even started her own drug awareness club. She played every sport but had a special love for the game of golf. Now that she has graduated she plans on attending the University of Texas at Austin in the Fall. Elaziel plans on joining clubs and hopefully the golf team.
Kristal played on the varsity golf team all four years at San Marcos High School. She and her team qualified at the regional level competition twice after placing second in District. She was also
involved in Fellowship of Christian athletes, National honor society and was Valedictorian of her senior class. Kristal will attend Texas A&M this fall.
Madeline is an 8th generation resident of Dripping Springs and a proud graduate of DSHS. She attended all 13 years of her school career in the DSISD and was involved in numerous church, school and community activities and service groups. Being raised in a family of avid sports enthusiasts, coaches and athletes she chose to participate in several sports including
volleyball, basketball and cheerleading. She was honored to be selected as Varsity Cheer Captain her junior & senior years and received a bid for the UCA cheer staff. Being involved with her community and being able to give back is important to her . She was able to do so by serving as a Class Officer, with PALs (peer assistance & leadership), and in her church youth group. Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas will be her home for the next 4 years while she pursues a career in education. Madeline suffers from a debilitating auto immune disease, Systemic
Lupus Erythematosus, so she plans to become a teacher and encourage kids to not let anything hold them back from achieving their goals. She would like to thank her “Popa”, Al Pryor. Because of his amazing 35 year career in the PGA she was given the opportunity to apply for the STPGA scholarship.
Megan, a recent graduate of Westwood High School, didn’t start playing golf until her sophomore year, but had been around golf her whole life. Her dad and sister both played, which is the reason she got involved in high school. She played in several tournaments a year I including the district tournament with her high school team. Her summer was spent at Lutheran Camp Chrysalis as a counselor for elementary and middle school kids in Kerrville. Megan is excited to be attending Texas Christian University in the fall as a psychology major.
“I’ve been playing golf for as long as I can remember,” Wehman said. “My dad first took me to the range at 3 years old, and we would switch hitting 5 shots each to keep me interested and focused.” Wehman competed in his first junior golf tournament when he was 6 and never looked back. Although he also participated in swimming, soccer, and baseball, his passion for golf never left. He decided to focus on golf after being cut from his high school baseball team as a freshman. which turned out to be a blessing. Throughout high school Wehman played in numerous junior golf tours, all of which taught him something different. “Whether it be patience during the 5-6 hour tournament rounds, perseverance when my game was not at its best, or how to handle pressure when in contention, golf has, and always will, teach me valuable lessons in life,” He said. Wehman is very excited to take another step in his golf career to play golf at Furman University the next four years.