Harvey Penick, was a beloved teaching professional. Herbert Warren Wind described him as “hopelessly dedicated.” He began caddying at Austin CC as a child along with his brother, Tom. When Penick was 19, Austin CC pro, Carl Baker resigned and the directors informed Harvey they would hold the position open until he graduated from high school. Penick spent 33 years as golf coach at the University of Texas (1931-63) while serving simultaneously as head pro. His Longhorn teams won 20 Southwest Conference Championships. In 1970 Penick became pro emeritus at Austin CC and son Tinsley became head professional.
Penick is perhaps best known for the successes of his students which include Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Terry Dill, Don Massengale, Kathy Whitworth, Betsy Rawls, Sandra Haynie, Sandra Palmer and Betsy Cullen. He was also mentor to the late Wesley Ellis, Morris Williams and George Knudsen. Penick has always maintained that he did not teach the game, so much as he “guided the learning” of talented people. Harvey Penick was President of the Texas PGA and was a member of the Longhorn Hall of Honor, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the PGA/World Golf Hall of Fame, and the Austin High School Hall of Fame.
Birthplace: Austin, Texas
Born: November 23, 1904
Died: April 2, 1995