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Supporting Austin's Youth Golf

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.

The expenses for the Academy are 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.

History of the Academy

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.”

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