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.
The Hannon Cup Association, a 501 (c)(3) organization is dedicated to organizing and promoting the growth of the game in Austin following the values and legacy of Coach Hannon. Join the Society’s efforts to support the Hannon Cup Association by making your contribution (Join Now). If you would like additional details please contact 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 and was advised by Coach Hannon. Over the years, the Association has evolved from a one event, single purpose entity to a major contributor to initiatives designed to grow golf in central Texas.
To date the Association has distributed over $145,000 worth of secondary education scholarships through the Southern Texas PGA Foundation. In August, the Association will host the Tenth Annual George Hannon Junior Invitational. 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; 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.