PGA Tour, Houston Open to honor Butch Harmon

Golf instructor Butch Harmon, middle, talks with Jimmy Walker, left, and Rickie Fowler on the 18th hole during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in University Place, Wash. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)Natalie Gulbis, who hosted her annual charity tournament at Spanish Trail on Tuesday to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, has worked with swing coach Butch Harmon for 17 years and also considers him a mentor. Photo by Brian Hurlburt.

Last week, representatives of the PGA Tour, Houston Open and the Houston Astros Golf Foundation announced that the tournament will be known this year as the Houston Open honoring Henderson’s Butch Harmon.

The tournament is Oct. 10-13 at Golf Club of Houston. Harmon operates his school at Rio Secco.

“Butch has been in golf a long time. He is tied to Houston and has been the number one golf instructor for years,” said Astros owner and chairman Jim Crane. “To put his name on the tournament gives us another reason to have a successful tournament and bring us one of the best tournaments on the Tour, which is our goal.”

Harmon was director of golf at Houston’s Lochinvar Golf Club in the 1990s and his father, Claude, and brothers, Bill and Dick, taught at River Oaks Country Club.

Harmon has been ranked the top golf instructor by Golf Digest in a poll of his peers for the past 16 years. Harmon retired from traveling to PGA Tour events to teach his players earlier this year, but continues to instruct at his school.

Harmon also operates a school at Crane’s Floridian Club in Palm City, Florida, and the Astros Golf Foundation was key in creating the honor. Brady Exber, a nine-time Southern Nevada Golf Association player of the year, is a part-owner of the Astros and a friend of Harmon.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to help this city and help this tournament,” Harmon said. “Houston means a lot to me. It is a great golf community and always has been.

”Having the Astros get involved is the greatest thing that could happen to this tournament. What Jim Crane has done with baseball in this city is incredible and I am excited to work with him, Giles and the Astros to do the same for the Houston golf community and make the Houston Open the greatest tournament on the Tour.”

Montgomery makes debut

Former UNLV golfer Taylor Montgomery Monday qualified for last weekend’s Barracuda Championship at Montrêux Golf and Country Club in Reno. Playing in a PGA Tour event for the first time, he missed the cut.

SNGA directors win Esrom Puc

Southern Nevada Golf Association directors Sue May, Tim Quinn and Mike Davis won last week’s Esrom Puc tournament prior to the Pacific Coast Amateur, an event played at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

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Stars on, off course

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Pro schedule

LPGA Tour and Royal & Ancient Golf Club

What: AIG Women’s British Open.

Where: Milton Keynes, England; Woburn GC (6,585 yards, par 72).

When: Thursday-Friday, 3-10 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 4-8 a.m. (Golf Channel), 8-11 a.m. (KSNV-3); Sunday, 4:30-8:30 a.m. (Golf Channel), 8:30-11 a.m. (KSNV-3).

Purse: $4.5 million. Winner’s share: $675,000.

Defending champion: Georgia Hall.

Race to CME Globe leader: Jin Young Ko.

PGA Tour

What: Wyndham championship

Where: Greensboro, North Carolina; Sedgefield CC (7,127 yards, par 70).

When: Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday 10-11:45 a.m. (Golf Channel), Noon-3 p.m. (KLAS-8).

Purse: $6.2 million. Winner’s share; $1,116,000.

Defending champion: Brandt Snedeker.

FedEx Cup leader: Brooks Koepka.

— By The Associated Press