The Hannon Cup Association
The Hannon Cup Association contributes to golf scholarships, supports the Austin Junior Golf Academy, hosts the George Hannon Junior Invitational, and conducts the Hannon Cup Matches. These activities are made possible by a "Society" of large donors to the Hannon Cup Association. Society members make an annual donation of $500 to the Hannon Cup Association.
Join the Society's efforts to support the Hannon Cup Association by making your contribution. You may do so by using one of the following methods.
- Click this link and complete the form HannonSocietydonorapplication2013 , print the form, mail it and your check to the address on the form OR,
- Click this link and complete the form HannonSocietydonorapplication2013, save the form to your desktop, email the form as an attachment to email@example.com , use the Donate button below to make payment via PayPal.
- Call Randi Long at (512) 633-4653 to provide your information by phone and arrange payment.
Society members receive invitations to Hannon Cup events through the year via the Association's newsletter.
History of the Hannon Cup Association
Mark Coward, then Head Professional at Great Hills C.C. and Brent Buckman, then Director of Golf at Barton Creek C.C. were instrumental in conceiving the idea and in organizing and forming the initial committee. Thus the Hannon Cup was born – the Austin golf community’s way of honoring the “Coach.”
The Ryder Cup like format was selected for the competition with the top 14 Austin metro area golf professionals playing against the top 14 male amateurs. Each team is headed by a selected captain who in turn chooses his team. The yearly competition has been a testament to “Coach,” filled with excitement, fellowship and “true grit.”
Support for the event was provided by a group of individuals and businesses that became known as the Hannon Society. Proceeds from their efforts were initially used to support the University of Texas George Hannon Scholarship Fund. This fund was fully endowed with the help of additional contributions from the Barton Creek Men’s Golf Association. In 2003, the Hannon Cup was upgraded to an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and was renamed the Hannon Cup Association. The Association is governed by a Steering Committee of 13 individuals and advised by Coach Hannon. Over the years, the Association has evolved from a one event, single purpose entity to a major contributor to growth of the game initiatives in central Texas.
To date the Association has distributed over $80,000 worth of secondary education scholarships through the Southern Texas PGA Foundation. In August of 2010, the Association hosted the Second Annual George Hannon Junior Invitational at the UT Golf Club. The event, managed by the Texas Legends Junior Tour is one of the premier junior golf tournaments in the state. The City of Austin Junior Golf Academy and The First Tee of Greater Austin are also beneficiaries of the Associations fundraising efforts. In 2010, the Association introduced a new scholarship program honoring long time amateur golfer Billy Clagett. For every junior golfer in central Texas who qualifies for a USGA national event the Hannon Cup Association will provide a $500 stipend to help with travel costs.
Southern Texas PGA George Hannon Scholarship
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 the South Texas PGA Website here.
2013 Brandon Pederson, Dillon VanEssen, James Jasso, Kraig Zimmerhanzel
Leanne O'Donnel, Michelle Hartenstein, Shane Morris, Victoria Gomez
2012 Brandon Pederson, Chad Chesnut, Denton Taylor, Kristal Ewall, Madeline Walker,
Megan Hartenstein, Elaziel Espinoza-Roche, Weyman Hopke
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
2013 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 delCarmen, 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 junior this fall.
Dillon began playing golf when he was 10 years old at Live Oak Golf Course in Lakeway, Texas. From 2006-2009 he played in over 22 South Texas PGA tournaments. In 2009 he joined the TJGT, TLJT and AJGA tours playing competitive golf. Dillion played on the State Champion Lake Travis High School team in 2012 and 2013. He was named First Team All-State in 2012. Bill Moretti, Van Johns, Erik Henson and many other Lake Travis high school golfers inspired him. Dillion plans to continue his competitive golf career at St. Edwards University this fall.
James was introduced to golf at the City of Austin Junior Golf Academy at the age of ten. He continued playing golf at The First Tee of Greater Austin, and became a junior golf coach when he was 16. James says that the 9 Core Values taught at the First Tee have greatly influenced his life on and off the course, especially confidence and perseverance. During his years at James Bowie High School, James played in the marching band for two years, was on the Varsity Golf Team, JV Lacrosse Team and Ultimate Frisbee Team. At the end of his junior year James earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was elected to serve as Vice President on Bowie's Student Council. He is a National Honor Society member, a National Hispanic Scholar and is graduating in the top 15% of his class. James will be studying Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M next school year, and will be playing club golf.
Kraig's love for the game was evident at a very early age. When he was 3 he started hitting shots along beside his father and was hitting off the tee not long after. He started competing in area junior tournaments at the age of 7 and at 10 became involved with the STPGA. For 8 years he competed in tournaments on all levels of the program from Little Linksters to the Prestige Tour. Kraig also played football, and baseball but golf was where his heart was. He played varsity golf all 4 years at Smithville High School and as a medalist is a District champion and four time Regional qualifier. The highlight of Kraig's high school golf career was winning the 2012 3A Texas State Golf Championship. He is excited to be furthering his golf career as a member of the Texas Lutheran University men's golf team and will be majoring in Accounting.
Leanne is a Junior Art History and Writing double major, Arts Administration minor at Texas Christian University. Golf has always been an important part of her life; growing up the daughter of a golf pro, it was a way for her and her father to bond, and has provided her with many educational and personal growth opportunities for which Leanne is grateful. At TCU, Leanne is a member of the TCU triathlon team, is the Director of Student Programing for Student Activities community building organization, is a member of the Chancellor's Leadership Program, and serves on the Student Honors Cabinet, the student voice for the Honors College. Leanne hopes one day to work in arts industry either through museum career, or as an art appraiser for an auction house.
Michelle just finished her junior year at Wake Forest University. She is majoring in Accountancy and minoring in Religion, and after she graduates next year she plans to return to Wake Forest for one more year to complete her Masters of Science in Accountancy. This past year Michelle served as co-captain of the golf team and is looking forward to her senior year. In addition to playing on the team, she also represents her team and Wake Forest on the Atlantic Coast Conference Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She is also involved with the Lutheran Campus Ministry, Accounting Society, and Volunteer Service Corps. This summer Michelle will be doing a finance internship in Atlanta and continuing to improve her golf game.
Shane is a junior at Texas State right now with a selected major in the field of Biology and a minor in business management. He completed his basics at ACC and the George Hannon Scholarship paid for it completely. Shane still plays golf and has actually come up with a patented golf training aid. This fall semester he will be a continuing junior and has another year and a half to complete his degree plan. The thought of Texas State golf team this fall might be in mind.
Victoria was introduced to golf by her father, who worked in the golf industry and taught her to play. It was their favorite father-daughter pastime. She started playing competitively in the seventh grade and by the time she was a freshman, she made the varsity team. Each year she enjoyed spending time with her teammates as they worked to improve their game. Senior year, she placed as the first medalist in District to advance to Regionals. Victoria will be heading to Texas A&M this fall to pursue a degree in Sports Management with a focus on golf. After college she hopes to work for a prestigious organization such as the PGA Tour, organizing and directing golf tournaments.
The Hannon Cup Association Supports the Austin Junior Golf Academy
George Hannon, Lloyd Morrison and Joe Balendar were the founders of the Austin Junior Golf Academy. The Junior Golf Academy is hosted and administered by the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and conducted by their Golf Department. The Hannon Cup Association supports the Austin Golf Academy financially and members of the Hannon Cup Association Steering Committee also sit on the Board of Directors for the Austin Junior Golf Academy.
2012 Austin Junior Golf Academy
The 2012 Junior Golf Academy was a resounding success for the 344 participants. There were 325 young golfers in the age 5-13 groups and 19 participants in the 14-18 age group.
Link to the Photo Album.
Hancock Golf Course, the original home of Austin Country Club, was the Academy site for age 5-13 year old participants, some of which are shown in this photo. There were beginning and advanced categories and participants were groups accordingly.
The Jimmy Clay/Roy Kizer Golf Complex hosted the 14-18 year olds. Eric Lopez ,head of instruction at Clay/Kizer, works with the 14-18 group. They receive instruction and play the par three course at the Clay/Kizer complex one day and then play Jimmy Clay golf course on the final day of the Academy.
Participants rotated from one station to the next every 35 minutes. The staff of the City Golf Department were creative in making the activities fun as well as instructional. For example, one station which required a shot through goal posts to promoted hitting lofted shots.
At another station contestents chipped from off the green to a pin. In each of these activities, participants were awarded "Academy Bucks" for successful completion of the activities. At the conclusion of the academy these academy bucks are redeemed for prizes.
Each group of kids were supervised by camp counselers that are hired by the City of Austin. These counselors are mostly from area high schools and they help insure the safety and enjoyment of the participants. They make sure the kids get from one station to the next. A horn blows every 35 minutes and the kids rotate to the next station.
The Academy was originally founded by Joe Balander, Lloyd Morrison and George Hannon who were the head golf professionals at Jimmy Clay/Roy Kizer, Lions Municipal and Morris Williams Golf Municipal Golf Courses. The Academy has been continued by the city ever since and through the years thousands of boys and girls who might not have had the opportunity otherwise, have been introduced to the game of golf and benefited by participating in Academy. Beth Cleckler, Steve Hammond, Lloyd Morrison and Kevin Gomillion and all the Austin Golf Staff have spearheaded this year's activities and they were assisted by other city employees and volunteers.
Volunteers from the golfing community such as Billy Clagett, one of Austin's best golfers over the years, participated as instructors. Clagett said it has been one of the most rewarding activities he's done over the years and loves being around the kids. He looks forward to it each year. He said "You look across that golf course and see all these kids playing golf and it's just great. Hancock is part of my old stopming grounds and where I learned to play this great game. Seeing it full of kids reminds me of my experiences here and it's a blast."
Fees for the academy were $110 for the 5-13 and $125 for the 14-18 age group. Participants receive a personalized bag tag with their picture on it, a golf cap, a tee shirt, golf balls, cliff energy bars, golf balls, and a punch card good for four rounds of golf at any municipal golf course in Austin and five large buckets of practice balls. In some cases, scholarships are given to cover the registration fees for participants that need financial assistance. This year there were 25 scholarships awarded.
The expenses for the Academy were funded by the registration fees and donations from the Hannon Cup Association, which has contributed annually to the Austin Golf Academy for over a decade. Thanks to all who support the Hannon Cup Association. For more information about how you can get involved in that organization, click here.
For kids that don't have clubs, clubs were provided and there was a fitting session to insure they have proper equipment. The Hannon Cup Association donated funds for clubs and these are used by the participants.
The Cliff Energy Bar Corporation donated energy bars to keep the energy levels up and the Achunet Corporation's representative Dave O'Connell donated Titleist Golf Balls for the participants. Many thanks to those folks for their support of the Academy.
The schedule for the academy was as follows.
Session 1 June 4 -8 8:00AM –11:30AM / Ages 5 -13
Session 2 June 11 -15 8:00AM –11:30AM / Ages 5 -13
Session 3 June 11 -15 1:00PM –5:00PM / Ages 14 –18
The George Hannon Junior Invitational Tournament
Established in 2009, The George Hannon Junior Invitational is one of the premier junior golf tournaments in Texas. Managed by the Texas Legends Junior Golf Tour (www.tljt.org), a joint venture between the Texas Golf Association (www.txga.org) and the Northern and Southern Texas Sections of the PGA, the event brings together the best junior players in Texas for 36 holes of competition on one of Central Texas’ best golf courses.
2012 George Hannon Junior Invitational Results
At the 2012 The George Hannon Junior Invitational, the Hills of Lakeway Golf Course hosted some of the best juniors in the country to a great tournament. The University of Texas National Championship Golf Team Coach, John Fields, spoke at the opening ceremonies.
In the Girls 12-18 division, Julia Beck won the George Hannon Invitational by finishing regulation play tied with Courtney Ford of Austin and Kirsten Pike of Ovilla, Texas at 157, then winning in a playoff. Beck won the title with a par on the third hole of the playoff. 2011 Champion Alexandra Rossi of Austin finished one shot back in 4th at 158.
In the Boys 15-18 division, Max Miller of College Station won the title with a two under par total of 142. Jordan Sanders of Cedar Park combined scores of 68-77=145, one over par, to finish third. Alex Levy of Austin finished tied for 4th at three over par 146 while Tobin Niblett of Austin finished at +4, good for a T7. Klein Klotz of Austin shot 74-76 for a +6 total and finished T10.
In the Boys 14 and under category, Harrison Mahon captured the title while Austin's Cooper Dossey shot 78-74 to finish at 152 and capture 2nd place, six shots ahead of Brandon Hoff of Austin who finished 3rd with 78-80.
Past Winners of The George Hannon Invitational
2009 at Spanish Oaks G.C.
Boys 15-18: Brendon Redfern, Austin
Boys 14 & Under: Scott Scheffler, Dallas
Girls 15-18 Elena Warren, Austin
Girls 14 & Under: Libby Thomas, Midland
2010 at The University of Texas Golf Club
Boys 15-18: Tayler Termeer
Boys 14 & Under: Chandler Phillips
Girls 15-18 Callie Scheffler
Girls 14 & Under: Taylor Ecenberger
2011 at Austin Country Club
Boys 15-18 Joe Beck III
Boys 14 & Under Levi Valadez
Girls 12-18 Alexandra Rossi
2012 at The Hills of Lakeway
Boys 15-18 Max Miller
Boys 14 & under Harrison Mahon
Girls 12-18 J ulia Beck
Billy Clagett USGA Scholarship
Established in 2012, The Billy Clagett USGA Scholarship is named after legendaryAustin amateur golfer and Hannon Cup Associaton Steering Committee Member Billy Clagett. Each year in his name, The Hannon Cup Association awards every junior golfer from the Austin area who qualifies for a USGA Championship a $500 travel stipend to play in the USGA event.
2012 Billy Clagett USGA Scholarship Winners
Christine Lin U.S.G.A Women's Amateur
Marianna Sims U.S.G.A Women's Amateur
Sierra Sims U.S.G.A Women's Amateur
Jordan Sanders U.S.G.A Junior Boys
Kristen Gillman U.S.G.A. Junior Girls
Julia Beck U.S.G.A. Junior Girls
Past Winners of Billy Clagett USGA Scholarship
Julia Beck, Lake Travis H.S. - USGA Junior Girls
Taylor Moreno, Westlake H.S. - USGA Junior Girls
Sierra Sims, Westlake H.S. - USGA Junior Girls
201120HaHHannon Cup Association Steering Committee
The Hannon Cup Association Steering Committee has the policy making responsibilities for all of the organizations activities. In addition the Steering Committee the association has three advisors who assist the committee with legal, accounting and general guidance.
President – Steve Termeer
Vice President – Joe Beck
Treasurer – Ken Redfern
Steering Committee Members
Aaron Chilek, PGA
Ann Marie Gildersleeve, PGA
Joe Beck, PGA
Brent Buckman, PGA
Dale Morgan, PGA
Steve Termeer, PGA
Coach George Hannon, PGA
Rod Harris – Tax and Accounting
Lance Ramsey – Legal
Aaron Chilek, Professional Team
Dean Lundquist, Amateur Team
George Hannon Golf Resume
- 1924: Born in Kemp, TX
- 1942: Enrolled in UT, education was cut short when he joined the Army Air Corp serving in the Pacific Theatre.
- 1945 reenrolled in UT and began working as a starter at Lions G.C.
- 1950-1960: Head Professional in Breckenridge, TX; Head Professional at Marshall C.C.; Assistant Professional at Dallas Athletic Club where he also had an opportunity to work with the SMU Men's Golf Team.
- 1961 Head Professional at Lions G.C., where he helped start the City of Austin Junior Golf Academy with Joe Balendar.
- 1963 Named Men’s Golf Coach at the University of Texas
- 1964 First Head Professional at Morris Williams G.C.
- Teams won nine Southwest Conference Championships
- 1971 Team won the NCAA National Championship and Ben Crenshaw won the Individual Championship
- 1972 Team defended its title winning the NCAA Championship, Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite were co-medalist.
- Past President of the Southern Texas PGA
- Certified Rules Official
- 1982 Inducted into the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame
- Member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame
- 1987 named Honorary Member of the University of Texas’ “T Association.”
- 1989 selected for the Longhorn Hall of Honor
- Member of the Chancellor’s Council at UT
- 1995 received the Digger Smith Award from the American Junior Golf Association
- 2001 Golf Coaches Association in conjunction with the College Golf Foundation presented “Coach” with the Lifetime Achievement Award, their highest honor.
- Honored in the Texas House of Representatives with a special resolution by Representative Edmund Kuempel.
- Currently teaching at the University of Texas Golf Club
The Hannon Cup Matches
Started in 1997, the Ryder Cup format event is played as a tribute to Coach Hannon. The brain child of Mark Coward, then Head Professional at Great Hills Country Club and Brent Buckman, then Director of Golf at Barton Creek Country Club and Resort. The event served as a testament to Coach, filled with strong competition, fellowship and fun.
The event is comprised of two teams of 14 players. The teams play three 18 hole match play events over two days, earning points for their team with each win or tie. One team represents the top golf professionals and the second team represents the top male amateurs in the Austin metro area.
|Past Results||Amateur Team Score||Amateur Captains||Professional Team Score||Professional Captains||Venue|
|2011||12.5||John Pigg||15.5||Brent Buckman||UT G.C.|
|2010||13||Tim Wilson||15||Bill Moretti||Austin C.C.|
|2009||14.5||Grady Bruce||13.5||Greg Garner||Spanish Oaks G.C.|
|2008||15.5||Michael Cooper||12.5||Steve Termeer||Spanish Oaks G.C.|
|2007||10.5||Jimbo Cotton||17.5||Brian Dees||Spanish Oaks G.C.|
|2006||5||Lance Hughes||23||Henrik Simonsen||Spanish Oaks G.C.|
|2005||15.5||Greg Meserole||12.5||Chip Gist||UT G.C.|
|2004||16.5||Robert McDonald||11.5||Jimmy Terry||Spanish Oaks G.C.|
|2003||15.5||Ken Redfern||12.5||Joe Beck||Spanish Oaks G.C.|
|2002||12||Wayne Smith||16||Dale Morgan||Spanish Oaks G.C.|
|2001||14.5||Chuck Gardner||13.5||Glenn Lee||Great Hills C.C.|
|2000||15||Jon McDonald||13||Steve Termeer||Colo Vista C.C.|
|1999||16||Mike Allen||12||Chuck Cook||Austin C.C.|
|1998||12.5||Billy Clagett||15.5||Brent Buckman||Barton Creek C.C.|
|1997||5.5||John Pigg||8.5||Mark Coward||Barton Creek C.C.|
Amateur Individual Records
|Individual Amateur Records|
Professional Individual Records