The event is held on the old 9-hole Dublin-DeLeon Golf Course just outside Dublin where famed golfer Ben Hogan won his last amateur tournament in 1929 before turning pro the following year.
The course closed at the start of WWII and has been cow pasture since that time. It is open only once a year for the zany golf game benefitting the Ben Hogan Museum which pays tribute to its famous native son who became the finest ball striker in golf history.
Heading the field for the historic event is Tom Stites, head of golf club creation for Nike Golf and a longtime director of research and development for the Ben Hogan Company. He will be joined by veteran golf writer Jim Achenbach, the senior editor of Golf Week Magazine.
Several members of the Ben Hogan Foundation are expected to participate, including executive director Robert Stennett and board vice president Mike McMahan.
Returning for the second year will be Col. John Somerville, retired Marine who is an executive of the non-profit organization, Christians United for Israel. He joins the Dublin Bottling Works team of Bill and Jeff Kloster.
Local teams will represent Dublin National Bank and First National Bank, and a Stephenville team of Matt Parham and Creed Cahill are sponsored by Black Sheep Ranch. Last year, the all-female team representing Dublin National Bank rode horseback and organizers remind golfers that the terrain is rough and ATVs are welcome.
Local attorney Brady Pendleton is expected to build a team of area dairymen. Pendleton purchased the 4-person team registration during the recent Dublin Historical Society auction.
Gene Honermann and Randy McMinn will head up the Dr Pepper Snapple team.
Returning for the second year is Mike Jones of Lawton, Ok. who is teamed with James Jester of Lubbock and Mikael Martinez of Austin.
Colt Jeffress and his father, Wes Jeffress, will return to defend the crown they won last year against the second place team representing Erath County Living Magazine.
A group of self-described “old timers” from Granbury headed by Sam McGowan will participate as will Jeff Miller of Dallas, author of the soon-to-be released non-fiction book about the early lives of Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead.
The team of Raymond Lozano, Alfredo Gonzales, Alan Rowe and Joe Harrison will attempt to win one of the unusual golf tee trophies which are created by Raymond’s brother, Dannis Lozano, from a dead oak tree which overshadowed the sixth hole on the course.
Bo and Linda Cope of Kennedale are signed up, along with several members of the Ben Hogan Museum board of directors including Jon Awbrey of DeLeon and Mike Jones of Oklahoma. Also signed up is Citizen publisher Mac McKinnon.
A Fort Worth-Granbury team of John McMackin, Barry Gilbreath and Dublin museum host Harrell Gilbreath is signed up.
Registration fee is $50 per person for the 4-person scramble and the price includes a barbecue lunch prepared by Clay’s Smokehouse, beverages and gifts. A silent auction will also be held. Mulligans will be for sale, as well as the chance to win a Ping putter in a closest-to-the-hole contest.
After the golf game, all events will be held downtown at the Hogan Museum and across the street from the museum so players can cool off and enjoy visiting with the golf notables who are participating.
Sponsors for the golf event are Clay’s Smokehouse, Michelob Ultra, Bud Light, Dublin Bottling Works and Dr Pepper Snapple.
For more information, please contact Karen Wright at 254 445-1919 or go to the museum website at http://www.benhoganmuseum.org and click on Cow Pasture Golf.