Two Coloradans whose service in golf has made an indelible impact were voted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame.
Jim Bunch of Denver and Danny Harvanek of Littleton will make up the 46th class and will be inducted May 20 at Sanctuary golf course in Sedalia.
Bunch has served in high-powered volunteer roles at the USGA and with the Western Golf Association, including as the chairman of the USGA Rules of Golf Committee of the WGA and of the Evans Scholars Foundation that awards full tuition and housing college scholarships to high-achieving caddies with limited financial means.
Harvanek, a longtime PGA master professional, has long been touted for his highly effective instruction work with junior golfers, which helped lay the groundwork for the Colorado PGA Golf in Schools program.
Bunch and Harvanek will become the 140th and 141st inductees into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame, an organization which honored its first class in 1973, when Babe Zaharias, Dave Hill and Babe Lind were inducted.
In addition to Bunch and Harvanek being voted into the Hall of Fame several people/organizations were selected to receive CGHOF awards at the banquet in May: the CWGA (Distinguished Service Award), Mark Pfingston (Golf Person of the Year), Rich Billings (Lifetime Achievement Award) and Davis Bryant and Hailey Schalk (Future Famers).
Bunch, who will soon turn 75, was a member of the USGA’s Executive Committee, one of the most powerful ruling bodies in golf, from 2003-10. At various times during that span, he chaired the USGA’s Rules of Golf, Finance, Grants and Bob Jones Award Committees.
Like Bunch, Harvanek has been a longtime fixture in Colorado. After growing up in western Kansas where he took up the game at age 15 and won a state high school title as a senior, Harvanek moved to the Centennial state in 1979 to take a job on Warren Smith’s staff at Cherry Hills Country Club. Then in 1984, he became the first PGA head professional at Bear Creek Golf Club, remaining in that position through ‘92. After being the Colorado PGA’s Teacher of the Year in 2003 and the Junior Golf Leader in 2006, Harvanek earned a very prestigious PGA of America award in 2007.
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