One of the greatest honors for any Horned Frog golfers is to be the recipient of the Ben Hogan / Colonial Golf Scholarship. The endowed scholarships is awarded annually by the University to a member of the men's or women's go1f team.
"The names of Ben Hogan and Colonial clearly stand for the achievement and sport performance." said Chancellor Tucker. "The golf program is proud to be associated with both of these legends of the game." The winner is selected by Coach Angle Ravaioli-Larkin on the basis of character and integrity, high morals, academic excellence and self motivation.
Hogan learned to play golf in Fort Worth as a caddie before becoming one of the best players the sport has ever seen. Winner of 62 professional tournaments, he won the Colonial National Invitation Tournament five times and in the process influenced the nickname "Hogan's Alley" for the magnificent Colonial layout.
Recognized as one at the top courses in the world, Colonial has been named "Best in the State of Texas" by a panel of Texas golfers and golf executives.
The Raymond Gafford Memorial Scholarship in another linked with a prominent golf name in the Fort Worth, established in 1990 by friends of the Raymond Gafford through an area golf tournament.
Gafford was a lifelong resident of Fort Worth who became a club pro at Meadowbrook private golf course at the age of 19. A noted teacher of the game, he devoted his life to helping people both on and off the course.
Gafford was a head pro at Ridglea Country Club from 1954 until his retirement in 1976. The scholarship is awarded annually to a member of the men's or women's golf team.
The Scott Dike Memorial Scholarship was established in 1981 by Mr. and Mrs. A.R. "Buddy" Dike along with their family and friends in memory of their son, Scott, at TCU student at the time of his death.
Mr. and Mrs. Dike are both 1958 graduates of TCU. "Buddy" also continues his support of the University by serving as a member of the Board of Trustees.
The Scott Dike Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to either a member of the men's or women's golf team.
This scholarship is the natural product of the passion Wray and Sally Thompson have for three things: young people, education and golf. When their son Doug graduated from TCU in 1984, the Thompsons wanted to establish a permanent legacy for the Horned Frog golf programs. But Wray Thompson, founder, CEO, and president of The Leather Factory, then a young and growing company in its fourth year, knew the time wasn't right.
By 1993, The Leather Factory had become successful enough to go public, and the Thompsons used shares of their now-publicly marketable stock to fund an endowed scholarship for the TCU golf programs.
Sally Thompson, an avid golfer, is schooling her grandchildren in the game. She hopes at least one of them chooses to attend TCU and possibly play golf for the Homed Frogs.
The Wray and Sally Thompson Scholarship is awarded annually to a member of either the men's or women's golf team.
A scholarship which has significant meaning to all those, past and present, who are involved in the Horned Frog golf program is the Brion T Carlson Memorial Scholarship; significant in that Brion was a superb golfer for the Frogs at the time of his death during his senior season in 1981.
He had been named unanimous all Southwest Conference and was serving as the team captain. The scholarship was established in 1982 by Carlson's family and friends and is awarded annually to a current member of either the men's or women's golf team, or a prospective student-athlete in that sport.
The scholarship became fully endowed in 1993 as a result of proceeds from various life insurance policies held by Mr. Leo Carlson, Brion's father. Mr. Carlson passed away in the spring of that year.
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