Butch Harmon is now a member of the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame, joining his father, Claude Harmon, Sr. as a member of the prestigious group of teaching professionals. Making the honor even more special was that Butch's son, Claude III, an accomplished teaching professional in his own right, gave the speech honoring his father. In addition to his father, Harmon is now forever enshrined next to some of the biggest names in golf teaching including Tommy Armour, Jim Flick, Eddie Merrins, Harvey Penick, Bob Toski and several others. The induction ceremony took place during the PGA of America Merchandise Show in Florida recently.
Claude III tweeted the following after his speech about his father: "Special day when you get to induct your father into the World Golf Teaching Hall of Fame!"
The other inductees were Jack Grout, Jim McLean, Jim Hardy, Mike Adams and Chuck Cook. The World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame was founded in 1998 by Golf Magazine to ensure that the theories and philosophies of the game's greatest instructors live on. It is the only hall of fame of its kind, honoring those teaching giants who have demonstrated an unfailing dedication to their students, have created new knowledge that has shaped the way the game is taught and played, and have furthered the professionalism and importance of golf instruction. The four charter inductees were Tommy Armour, Percy Boomer, Ernest Jones, and Harvey Penick.