Named after the longtime PGA Professional, Tommy Aycock who distinguished himself as a club professional and competitive golfer throughout his career. He holds the distinction of winning the Southern Texas PGA Section Championship six times, in four different decades. In light of this achievement, the Southern Texas PGA has named the trophy awarded to its Annual Champion the "Tommy Aycock Trophy.” Aycock put an exclamation point on his career after turning fifty when he qualified for the Senior PGA Tour and enjoyed several years of success.
Fred Blackmar was from Luling, Texas, and was a retired Commander of the US Navy. Fred was also well known in the golf ranks as he won the national left handed championship in 1965 and the Texas left handed championship six times. Each of teh scholarships given in his name are related to his background. All applicants must be in the top 25% of their graduating class to be eligible. Additionally, one will be given to a student whose mother or father serves actively in the US Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, Army or Marines or served a minimum of 12 years in any of these listed military branches and either retired or received an honorable discharge.
A second scholarship gives greater consideration for a left handed high school golfer and golf team member who is in the top 25% of their graduating class. Please note applicants must reside in the southern or western chapter of the Southern Texas PGA (includes Corpus Christi, Austin, San Antonio, Laredo and surrounding areas). Applicants MUST include in their essay why they deserve the award as well as how they conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the 9 core values of the First Tee program. Applicants must also submit letters of reference written by their golf coach and local PGA Professional to be considered.
The George Hannon Scholarships are named for the former University of Texas golf coach from 1963 to 1981. Coach Hannon’s teams won two NCAA Team Championships and nine Southwest Conference Championships. He coached four individual NCAA Champions, eight individual Southwest Conference Champions, and 22 College Golf All Americans. Coach Hannon is a Member of the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame and is named to the Top 10 Golf Coaches of the 20th Century. Additionally, Coach Hannon served as the president of the Southern Texas PGA in 1972-1973 and was twice honored as the STPGA Golf Professional of the Year.
Provided by the Harmon Family Foundation, the Dick Harmon Scholarships are named for the former Southern Texas PGA Member that was one of the most respected PGA Professionals and Golf Instructors in the country. Dick Harmon served as the PGA Professional at River Oaks Country Club for 23 years from 1977 until 2001. In 2001, Harmon established the Dick Harmon School of Golf at Redstone GC and also The Houstonian CC. Harmon was renowned as a junior golf ambassador and instructor by his peers across the country. He tutored such extraordinary talents as Fred Couples, Steve Elkington, Lanny Wadkins, Craig Stadler, Blaine McCallister, Billy Ray Brown and US Open Champion Lucas Glover, to name just a few. Dick Harmon was one of four brothers (Butch, Craig, Dick & Billy) that went on to receive national recognition for their talents as golf instructors. The patriarch of the family, Claude Harmon, won the 1948 Masters and was the golf professional at Winged Foot GC, Seminole GC and Lochinvar GC to name a few.
The Jay Hebert Scholarship is named for PGA Tour player Junius Joseph "Jay” Hebert. Mr. Hebert won seven times on the PGA Tour including the 1960 PGA Championship. His younger brother, Lionel Hebert, also won the PGA Championship in 1957. He played on the 1959 and 1961 Ryder Cup teams and was Captain for the 1971 team. Jay passed away in 1997 and he is the father to Southern Texas PGA Member Jean-Paul Hebert.
The Hill Country MGA celebrates its 21st season in 2017. Students who live in or attend schools in the Highland Lakes area of the Texas Hill Country and have been accepted to an accredited 4 year college or university located in the state of Texas are eligible for the award. This year's scholarship will again honor a member that has made a extraordinary impact on the Hill Country Men's Golf Association.
This scholarship is in honor of Robert L. Loar and his love for the game of golf. The scholarship was established in his memory to assist a young person in continuing their education and pursing their dreams
Named after PGA Professional, Hardy Loudermilk, the former professional at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio; Coleman Country Club in Abilene; and Jal Country Club in New Mexico. Mr. Loudermilk was the 1958 New Mexico Open Champion and in 1968, while at Oak Hills Country Club, he received the highest honor of his profession being named the 1968 National PGA Golf Professional of the Year. Mr. Loudermilk also served as the first President of the Southern Texas PGA Section in 1968-1969 following the division of the old Texas Section. Loudermilk also served as instructor and mentor to LPGA Hall of Famer, Kathy Whitworth.
This scholarship is in honor of the grandfather of STPGA Member Ricky Lyons. Bob had a great passion for life and a love of many things. In addition to golf, Bob enjoyed traveling and learning about history. His greatest reward was spending time with his family. He served his country as a member of the 106th Infantry Division during World Word II. After retiring to Elkins Lake Country Club in 1982 he spent his time actively involved in the Men’s Golf Association, Senior Interclub, and started their "Divot Sanding Program”. He lost his battle with Parkinson’s in 2001. He was a great role model to all and is sorely missed. This scholarship has been established in his memory to assist a young person in continuing their education and pursuing their dreams.
Carol Mann is one of the 100 Heroes of the first 100 Years of American Golf. She is the winner of 38 LPGA Championships, including the US Women’s Open. She is a member of the LPGA Hall of Fame, the World Golf Hall of Fame, the Women’s Sports Foundation, the International Hall of Fame, Collegiate Golf Hall of Fame and the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. A member of both the PGA of America and the LPGA, Carol is a former President of the LPGA Tour and has long been involved in the promotion of Title IX.
This scholarship is named after PGA Professional Warren Smith, the former professional at Oak Hills Country Club Country Club in San Antonio and Cherry Hills in Colorado. The Scholarship was established in 2003 through the fund raising efforts of the members at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio.
The Bill Sitton Sr. Scholarship is named after the father of STPGA Member Billy Sitton and was created to assist aspiring college bound students furthering their education. The recipient and his or her family will have the assurance that this financial support should assist them for ample time (4 years) to obtain an undergraduate degree.
The Shawn Stefani Scholarship is named for PGA Tour player Shawn Stefani. Mr. Stefani became a PGA Tour Member in 2013, earning his card by way of his play on the 2012 web.com Tour. Shawn has strong ties to the Southern Texas PGA, having played STPGA Junior Golf prior to playing his collegiate career at Lamar. The Shawn Stefani Scholarship was established in 2013 as Shawn has a strong desire to give back to the community that has supported him so loyally.
The Student Athlete Foundation Scholarship is a not-for-profit organization whose passion is helping Houston junior golfers reach their goals, playing college golf, and offer financial assistance through this scholarship fund. One $1,000 scholarship will be presented to a Houston junior golfer that has demonstrated achievement in the classroom, success on the golf course, and has shown definite financial need.
Named after the mother of STPGA member Steve Termeer following her unexpected passing in 2008. In his words, "she simply was the greatest person I have ever met. ”Ginny stood for all the good in people and dearly loved the game of golf. She was former president of the WGA at Walden on Lake Conroe where she thoroughly enjoyed playing with the ladies group. While the kids were growing up she never missed an opportunity to score for the junior golfers at River Plantation, and went on to score for the Houston Open and Tour Championship. It would have been her desire to assist a junior golfer looking to better themselves by attending college, especially a candidate that represents the values she stood for. Having been a high-school chemistry teacher in Conroe for more than 20 years, she had the opportunity to influence many lives. She was liked by all and always spoke positively of others. She was the centerpiece of the family and enjoyed her travels. This scholarship is created to perpetuate her memory.