Dick Harmon

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Dick Harmon (July 29, 1947 – February 10, 2006) was one of America's top golf instructors with clients including Fred Couples, Jay Haas, Craig Stadler, Lanny Wadkins, Steve Elkington and 2009 U.S. Open winner Lucas Glover. He was a native of New Rochelle, New York and Palm Springs, California and devoted his life to his love of golf as a teacher and mentor.[1]

His father Claude Harmon won the 1948 Masters Tournament. His brothers Butch, Craig and Bill were also ranked in Golf Digest's Top 50 Teachers.

Harmon was the professional at the River Oaks Country Club between 1977 and 2001. After leaving that position, he established two teaching centres in Houston, Texas.

Harmon established the Dick Harmon School of Golf at the Houstonian with teaching assistant and friend Arthur J. Scarbrough. The School became a great success especially within the junior golfing community in and around the Houston area and later throughout Texas. Harmon was said to be one of junior golf's greatest ambassadors by many teaching professionals throughout the country. His brother Butch said "He was the glue that held us together."

Harmon died at the age of 58 from complications due to pneumonia on February 10, 2006 while vacationing with his daughter Mary and brother Billy in California. Harmon left his wife Nancy, sons Chris and Rick, and daughters Mary and Heidi.


  1. ^ "HARMON - Houston Chronicle". Chron.com. Retrieved 2012-07-25.