Butch Harmon is renowned for his profession as a golf coach working with some of the biggest names in the sport. Past pupils include Greg Norman and Tiger Woods. Currently, he works with Phil Mickelson, Nick Watney, Dustin Johnson, Gary Woodland and Natlie Gulbis, and he has recently released an instructional DVD earlier this year titled "Butch Harmon About Golf", www.ButchHarmonDVD.com.
However, it is Harmon's steadfast and loyal passion in giving back to veterans of the military that is grabbing even more attention. Harmon, who is Vietnam Veteran, reaches out directly to combat-wounded soldiers through Harmon's Heroes, a foundation that encourages the well-being of these veterans and to provide financial assistance to those with a qualifying need.
Butch Harmon and friends with wounded veterans at this year's Harmon's Heroes Golf Classic that took place during Veteran's Day weekend at the Bali Hai Golf Course on the Las Vegas Strip.
Since the founding of Harmon's Heroes in 2009, the organization has now evolved into an annual fund-raising golf tournament, with proceeds going toward making grants for wounded veterans to obtain homes. Eleven wounded veterans participated in this year's Harmon's Heroes Golf Classic that took place during Veteran's Day weekend at the Bali Hai Golf Course on the Las Vegas Strip.
Also in attendence was a select group of people who donated between $10,000-$25,000 per foursome, with 100% of the funds raised going to the Harmon's Heroes Foundation.
"Many of us have no idea what these veterans face once they get home," said the 69 year-old Harmon, whose father, Claude Harmon, was a long-time golf professional at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York and also the winner of the 1948 Masters.
"Dealing with physical wounds is bad enough, but the financial hardships they face are absolutely mind-boggling - and we want to help. And assisting them in owning their own home is one of our priorities," said Harmon.
As of September 2012, at least two wounded veterans were able to secure a home; one in Boston and the other in Texas. Plans are well underway to help a veteran from Las Vegas get his or her own home.
In addition, a portion of DVD sales from Harmon's comprehensive golf instructional two-DVD set titled "Butch Harmon About Golf presented by Titleist" is donated to the Harmon's Heroes Foundation.
The two-DVD set contains more than 250 specific tips from the man voted #1 in Golf Digest's annual ranking of America's Best Teachers for the past 11 consecutive years.
Those who have worked with Harmon all agree that the keys to his success are his keen eye for the strengths and weaknesses of each individual player's swing; his comprehensive understanding of the game; his ability to communicate; his toughness; his enthusiasm for his players to succeed; and his relationship and rapport with his players, making their work about teamwork rather than individual accomplishment.
The "Butch Harmon About Golf presented by Titleist" DVD set is sponsored by Titleist, Winn Grips, Rolex, Golf Digest and JMA and is available for $79.95 on-line at www.ButchHarmonDVD.com.
About Butch Harmon
The son of 1948 Masters champion Claude Harmon, Butch Harmon has been involved in the golf arena for over 40 years. He was a PGA Tour player from 1969 to 1971, with one win - the 1971 Broome County Open - to his name on the Tour. He became best-known, however, through his work as a teacher and instructor, beginning with Greg Norman in the early 1990s followed by a ten year association with Tiger Woods from 1993 to 2004. Since his early experience with Norman, he has worked with more than 100 PGA, LPGA, and European Tour players, including 21 Major winners and recent former Official World Golf Rankings number one Lee Westwood. The Butch Harmon School of Golf currently has five signature locations throughout the United States, Macau, and Dubai, and is one of the top golf academies in the world. The signature locations include Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nevada, Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City, Florida, Loon Golf Club in Gaylord, Michigan and international locations in Macau and Dubai.
For more information regarding Harmon's Heroes please visit www.harmonsheroesfoundation.org or by calling Kyle Helms at 973-714-4810.