Claude Harmon Invitational Golf Tournament
October 30 - November 03 2013
Houston, TX



Lochinvar Golf Club
2000 Farrell Rd
Houston, TX  77073-4099
phone: (281) 821-0220
url: www.lochinvargolf.com

Tournament Overview

Invitational flighted match play event honoring Claude Harmon, who was the golf Professional Emeritus at Lochinvar when the club opened. There are six flights of 16 players, with consolation brackets and a one-day medal competition for those who are eliminated from match play. An 18-hole qualifier is held for the Harmon (Championship) Flight.

To be considered for the field, a player must be recommended by someone already in the field, or be invited by the tournament committee.

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Place  Pts
WinLAEddie LyonsShreveport, LA100
Runner-upAZJeff NewScottsdale, AZ50
SemifinalsTXDavid DickersonAbilene, TX25
SemifinalsTXPat YoungsSan Antonio, TX25
QuarterfinalsTXJohn McVaneyHouston, TX10
QuarterfinalsTXMike BookerThe Woodlands, TX10
QuarterfinalsTXBill DeTournillonLubbock, TX10

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The tournament honors Claude Harmon, who was the golf Professional Emeritus at Lochinvar when the club opened.

Remembering Claude Harmon
Claude Harmon's talents were endless. The rarest of club professionals, he was a superior player in addition to being a top-notch teacher. Certainly good enough to play The Tour full time, he shied away from that kind of fickle spotlight, preferring the security and stability of a club job -- more important was his desire to be a caring father to Butch, Craig, Dick and Billy. But he still had his moments on the tournament circuit.

He was three times a semi-finalist in the PGA Championship, and he finished in a tie for third in the 1959 U.S. Open held on his home course at Winged Foot. His most famous accomplishment as a player came when he fashioned rounds of 70-70-69-70 at Augusta National to capture the 1948 Masters Tournament.

Though he held the professional's position at Seminole, Thunderbird, Morningside and, for 32 years, Winged Foot, he will be best remembered by us for his association with Lochinvar from its inception in 1977 until his death in 1989. His knowledge of and appreciation for The Game were instrumental as the cornerstones of the Club were laid, and his wit and engaging demeanor exemplified the "personality" of the Club and its members.

It was as a teacher that Claude was the happiest. Those fortunate enough to learn the game from him experienced on eof the keenest pair of eyes in the game. He could pick out a fault almost instantly, and then correect it nearly as fast.

But Harmon was more than just a teacher who fixed up your game so you could play better on the weekends. He was also a wonderfully entertaining man who could tell stories to anyone within earshot for hours on end. And if the story itself wasn't particularly interesting, certainly the way he told it was. He was convinced that a club professional was in a service-oriented business, and as long as his members were happy, he had done his job.

Those who were privileged enough to work for him seemed to acquire those abilities and attitudes as well. Many of his assistants--Dave Marr, Jackie Burke, Mike Souchak, as well as his aforementioned sons--went on to prominent careers in golf, but Harmon the mentor was never very far away.

"As I look around, many of us who are still involved in the game are here because of what we learned from Claude," said Marr. "He taught us how to treat people, and get along with them. To understand and protect the traditions of the game. In my lifetime, there will never be another Claude Harmon. His legacy will live forever." We agree, Dave, we agree.

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