Playing in the
Shell Houston Open at Redstone Golf Club was a bittersweet experience for me.
Houston was the hometown and Redstone the home course of Dick Harmon, my
teacher for 14 years. He died unexpectedly of complications from pneumonia on
Feb. 10 at age 58, and his loss still shocks and saddens me.
I started out
trying to make the week as normal as I could, but I guess that was never really
possible. Every time I've come here for the last six or seven years, whether it
was for the tournament or simply to work with Dick, I stayed with him and his
wife, Nancy. So I did that again last week, but it wasn't the same. Nancy's
still pretty emotional and needed a shoulder to lean on. We spent a lot of time
telling stories about Dick, laughing and crying. I cried a lot, but it was
great to remember all the good times.
My normal routine
was also broken when the club asked me to speak at the dedication of its new
First Tee facility, named the Dick Harmon Learning Center. That was tough
because I was caught off guard, but I was able to choke out a few words about
Dick and was happy that I could represent him.
On the course I
gave my regular caddie the week off and asked one of Dick's brothers, Billy, to
carry my bag. (Like Dick, his three brothers--Craig, Butch and Billy--are
well-known teachers.) Billy and I spent a lot of time jabbering back and forth,
talking about Dick. I played pretty well [Glover finished 21st], and Billy was
helpful to me on the course. It was good for us to be together. I've known
Billy a long time through Dick, and we've become good friends. I think Dick
would've appreciated us sticking together and enjoying the week.
One thing that
has been very meaningful is how each of the brothers has told me personally
that if I ever need anything, just call. I've already asked for help from Butch
and Billy, and I'm sure I'll ask Craig in the future. Right now Butch has been
helping me with my game, and I think I'll continue to work with him for a
while, maybe forever.
It's great to get
the support of the brothers and Nancy, but the bottom line about the Harmons is
that they teach golf and life, and it's up to the student to figure out which
I know there
wasn't a shot out there last week on which I didn't think of Dick, and that's
the way it will be for a long, long time. It was a pretty emotional week for
me, but it was good to remember how he helped me and my career. He was a very
special teacher and friend. I am privileged to have known him.