PGA Honorary President Brian Whitcomb heads an eight-member 2009 class of inductees that features former Masters Champion Claude Harmon Sr. and legendary teaching professional Harvey Penick, all of whom will be enshrined in the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame at the PGA Education Center at PGA Village later this month.
They are joined in this year’s Hall of Fame class by past PGA Golf Professionals of the Year Jim Manthis of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Brent Krause of Montgomery, Ala.; former UCLA Coach and renowned teaching professional Eddie Merrins of Los Angeles; former PGA of America Rules Committee Chairman Don Essig III of Indianapolis; and Harry “Cotton” Berrier of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., a three-time PGA of America Board member and one of the founders of the Tennessee PGA Section.
“It is with a great deal of pride that The PGA of America welcomes eight individuals who have dedicated their careers to the betterment of the game of golf in addition to becoming leaders in the profession,” PGA President Jim Remy said. “This class features both world-class instructors and outstanding contributors to the game.”
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