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Houston Golf Association has generated more than $62 million since 1974

Houston Golf Association and tournament title sponsor Shell Oil Company share great pride in the impact HGA's fundraising efforts have on the local community. The 2014 Shell Houston open generated more than $2.236 million for local worthy causes.

Since 1974 HGA volunteers have helped generate more than $62 million for local worthy causes through golf promotion. In addition to the dollars derived from the Shell Houston Open, the Houston Golf Association also funds other programs that reach out into the community.

The HGA's Academic Scholarship program has awarded more than $980,000 in academic scholarships since 1996. During tournament week another six scholarships amounting to $120,000 will be awarded.

Currently 24 youngsters are attending college on grants from this program. These scholarships are awarded based on need and academics. Playing ability does not enter into the selection process.

HGA's fastest-growing community service project is The First Tee of Greater Houston Chapter. With support from title sponsor Shell Oil Company, the HGA is steadily establishing one of the most utilized programs in the country.

The First Tee of Greater Houston Chapter has the largest outreach in the worldwide network of nearly 200 chapters. More than 262 elementary schools in 16 different school districts now teach The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits curricula in selected physical education classes. More than 180,000 youngsters will be impacted by the program in the 2014-2015 school year.

Local organizations which receive annual support from tournament proceeds are:

HGA Ongoing Beneficiaries

  • Houston Golf Association Youth Programs
  • Chinquapin Prep School (since 1979)
  • Cenikor Foundation, Inc. (since 1996)
  • Project Joy and Hope (since 2014)