In early 1997, a group of Austin, Texas golfers had an idea of honoring their friend George Hannon. George had recently retired from Head Golf Professional duties at Morris Williams Golf Course and had retired as golf coach at the University of Texas some years earlier.
Mark Coward, Head Golf Professional at Great Hills C.C. and Brent Buckman, Director of Golf at Barton Creek Country Club, were instrumental in conceiving the idea and in organizing this forming committee. Thus the Hannon Cup was born - the Austin golf community's way of honoring the 'Coach'.
The Ryder Cup format was selected for the competition with the top 14 Austin metro area professionals against the top 14 amateurs. Each team is headed with an annually selected captain, who in turn chooses his prospective team. The annual competition has been a testament to 'Coach', filled with excitement, fellowship and 'true grit'.