2020 CELEBRATION OF LIFE HONOREE
Larry Bohannan has been the golf writer and columnist for the Desert Sun since 1986. A 1982 graduate of Cal State Fullerton with a B.A. in Communications, he worked at the Hi-Desert Star in Yucca Valley from 1982 to 1986 before joining the Desert Sun in 1986. As the principle golf writer for the paper since then, he has covered events on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions and other professional events in the desert and throughout California. He also covered high school, college and amateur golf in the desert.
His columns and stories have won numerous Associated Press Sports Editors and California Newspaper Publishers Association awards. In 2012, he was named the California Golf Writers and Broadcasters Association’s Media Man of the Year. He is the author of two books about golf in the Coachella Valley, “Fifty Years of Hope” on the first 50 years of the Bob Hope Classic, and “Palm Springs Golf: A History of Coachella Valley Legends and Fairways” documenting the beginnings and the rise of the game in the desert.
In August of 2019, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His reaction to the news, his search for the proper treatment through a maze of doctors and other survivors and some difficult nights dealing with the realities of cancer prompted him to write a column to his readers in November 2019 about his cancer journey. In December he underwent robotic surgery, and he returned to work just two days before New Year’s Day.
2019 ACS Desert Golf Invitational Celebration of Life Honoree
See Bill at the 2020 Desert Golf Invitational where he will host his infamous
Bill Harmon Clinic on the driving range before the noon shotgun
As the youngest brother of the renowned Harmon Brothers, son of 1948 Masters Champion, Claude Harmon, Bill is currently the Director of Instruction at the Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells, California. During the off season he has taught at prestigious clubs around the country including Carnegie Abbey Golf Club in Portsmouth, RI, Winged Foot Golf Club, Westchester, NY, and Castle Pines Golf Club, Castle Rock, CO. He has worked with several touring professionals, including Jay Haas, 14-time winner on the Champions’ Tour and Bill Haas, two-time winner on the 2010 PGA Tour. You may also recognize him as a contributor and analyst on the Golf Channel.
Bill and his wife Robin have been married for more than 28 years and share a passion to help the community in a variety of ways. They have raised two sons in La Quinta, CA and now as "empty-nesters," have directed their concerted efforts to address the growing needs of drug and alcohol dependency facilities and programs founding the Harmon Recovery Foundation in 2010.
In 2016, Bill was diagnosed with throat cancer after months of a sore throat. In a 2016 issue of Golf World, Bill said, “The funny thing about it, even when I was depressed, I never feared dying from this thing. I feared the loss of the quality of life,” Harmon said. “Your throat is everything—it’s breathing, talking, swallowing, eating … that’s your lifeline. Once I heard what the treatment was with radiation and everything … basically that scared the s--- out of me.”
After his experience with fighting cancer in 2016, Bill and Robin, also a survivor, have decided to expand the scope of the Harmon Recovery Foundation’s support to include non-profit cancer treatment centers.