George Hannon (1924-2017)

George Hannon (1924-2017)


Legendary Texas golf coach and former Southern Texas PGA President George Hannon died Thursday, October 19 night. He was 93. 

The PGA Hall of Famer was born in Kemp, Texas in 1924. The son of a pharmacist, Hannon fell in love with golf as a junior. He attended the University of Texas, but left the school to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941. He became a radio operator on a B-24 and flew 43 missions in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

He returned to Texas after the war but left school to become a club professional and began a career as a starter at Lion’s Municipal Golf Course in Austin. In 1953, Hannon became an assistant professional at Dallas Athletic Country Club, then accepted a job as the head pro overseeing Austin’s Morris Williams Golf Club and Muny. Two years later, he took the UT job.

Hannon was inducted into the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 1991 and earned the Golf Coaches Association’s 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo, who died last week at age 91. Graveside services will be held at the Texas State Cemetery at 11 a.m. Friday, October 27.