SAN ANTONIO –Hank Haney and Chuck Cook, two of the greatest teachers in the state, along with Australian Bruce Devlin and four others were inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in a gala celebration at the San Antonio Country Club in October.
“This game has been very good to me, especially since I moved to Texas 30 years and I’m so honored to be able give back in this way,” said Dallas’ Hank Haney. “This is an honor I’m going to cherish for the rest of my life.”
Joining him in the golf professional category was Austin’s Chuck, who has taught major multiple champions ranging from Tom Kite to Jason Dufner. “I remember I got a chance to go to Fort Worth and see Ben Hogan play and practice once and I stood there for almost two hours. After a while he turned to me and said, ‘what do you think? I said it looks pretty good.’ To be in the same golf hall of fame with Mr. Hogan is pretty amazing.” Cook also Ialso thanked Kite for “never letting me be ordinary, but always pushing me.”
Devlin, now living in Weatherford, was honored in the professional category. “What’s most important to me is family and if you look at table 15 you will see my family tonight and that is the most important,” said an emotional Devlin, who won 27 events around the world.
Dallas Bob Rawlins, recently deceased, was inducted in the amateur category for his many accomplishments, including the 1984 U.S. Senior Amateur title.
Ronnie Choate, the Sam Houston State University golf coach, was honored in the Pioneer category for helping lead the Bearkats to four national golf championships during two different stints. “I never played on the pro tour, but I was glad to serve as a father and a mentor and a coach to hundreds of young men who came through here,” he said. “It was a good life and one I am very proud of.”
Charles Dexter, one of the founding members of Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas and the first Texas executive committee member of the United States Golf Association, was also inducted in the Pioneer Category.
Bill Penn, the first full-time executive director of the Texas Golf Association and a longtime promoter of golf in the state, was recognized for distinguished service.
The Dallas Country Club was added to the Texas Registry of Historic Courses. It was the first course of any kind in North Texas when it opened in 1896 as a six-hole facility near downtown Dallas. It has hosted many prestigious golf events over the years.
“We are greatly honor by these Lone Star legends being added to what we feel is the greatest state golf hall of fame in the nation,” said board chairman Buddy Cook. “It’s another great night to honor these great individuals.”
Among the Texas golf legends in the crowd were World Golf Hall of Fame members Kite and David Graham. David Marr III, a Golf Channel commentator, served as the host,