Dick Harmon, one of the best golf instructors in the world and a stalwart of the Houston golf scene, died Friday at a hospital in California. The first AP obituary says the cause of death could not be disclosed; Tom Kirkendall of Houston reports on his blog that Harmon's death was due to complications from a sudden bout of pneumonia. Dick Harmon was 58 years old.
The Harmon family is one of the most famous in golf. Patriarch Claude, the 1948 Masters champ, passed away in 1991, but for the last 10 years of his life had a relationship with Houston's Lochinvar Golf Club. Dick was the pro at River Oaks Country Club for years, then joined Redstone Golf Club just a few years ago. It was Dick who recommended his brother Butch to Lochinvar in the early '90s, the position that set Butch on his road to glory.
Read Tom's post about the Harmon family for many more details about its relationship with Houston.