After many years of attempting to honor one of Dublin’s most famous sons, the city will host a fund-raiser in advance of the opening of the Ben Hogan Legacy Museum.
“There have been a lot of efforts to get a tribute to Ben Hogan going. We have started up the wrong roads a few times and met with resistance because we didn’t know how to get with the right people,” said Karen Wright, executive director of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.
After finding the right people, namely Robert Stennett, the executive director of the Ben Hogan Foundation in Fort Worth, Wright feels confident that this time, Dublin has found a way to honor the golfing great.
Hogan spent nine years in Dublin, prior to moving to Fort Worth. He was born in 1912 and grew up playing the links at a golf course located between Dublin and De Leon before turning pro and winning 64 Professional Golf Association (PGA) tournaments during his 29 year reign as one of the greatest golfers of all time.
Hogan was involved in an accident in 1949 that could have potentially ended his career and life, but thanks to his courage, he survived. Hogan and wife Valerie found themselves facing a Greyhound bus head-on with no way to escape, but after Hogan threw himself in front of his wife, both survived the accident. Hogan had broken his pelvis in two places and suffered many other broken bones, but despite his setback, he was back on the course 11 months later, finishing second in the Los Angles Open. Hogan could not finish walking the course due to the pain, but famed sportswriter Grantland Rice was quoted as saying, “His legs were not strong enough to carry his heart.”
The new museum hopes to honor this legacy by showcasing not only the superb golf skills, but the character and legacy of the man.
“We want this to be a world-class museum, but also a place where a dad can bring his kids and everyone can learn something about golf,” said Wright.
In order to help make the museum “world-class,” the Chamber of Commerce will host a dinner, auction and documentary showing on Aug. 15 in the Dublin Rotary Building, located at 136 E. Blackjack. The evening will kick off with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a viewing of the Ben Hogan documentary, focusing on interviews with family members and pro golfers. Following the documentary, a live and silent auction will commence, with everything from Calloway drivers to Hogan memorabilia up for grabs.
Tickets to the event are $50 and seating is limited. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Wright at (254) 445-3422.