Hundreds of soldiers will tee off Friday in the Ben Hogan Classic at Fort Hood.
About 200 soldiers will play in a four-person scramble at the Courses of Clear Creek and about 130 youth will participate in a junior clinic by the First Tee of Fort Worth.
In its second year, the event hosted by the Ben Hogan Foundation also features dinner, prizes and a concert with Tracy Lawrence the night before.
“We really enjoy doing something nice for the soldiers and their families,” said Robert Stennet, executive director of the Ben Hogan Foundation. “We brought 15 volunteers down last year and we’re bringing 70 this year — all coming down because of the word of mouth on how special it is to have the opportunity to say thank you ... and to serve them. ... The special piece to this thing is how intimate and how fun it is to be around soldiers and their families.”
New to the tournament this year is sponsorship from PepsiCo.
“We’re committed to support our military,” said Brett Lucas, PepsiCo spokesman. The company will provide drinks, Frito-Lay snacks and a nutritionist for the junior clinic.
“(This title sponsor) allows us more opportunities to do more things for the soldiers,” Stennet said.
The Ben Hogan Foundation honors World War II veteran and professional golfer Ben Hogan. Before his death in 1997, Hogan won 64 tournament victories and nine career professional major championships.
“(This tournament) its turned into something really special,” Stennet said. “It’s going to be a fun two days of us serving the soldiers for a change so we’re very excited about it.”