Harvey Penick Statue Donated To The Texas Golf Hall of Fame

Harvey Penick StatueA life-sized bronze statue of Harvey Penick has been donated to The Texas Golf Hall of Fame and Museum at the historic Brackenridge Park Golf Course in San Antonio. Long time golf coach at the University of Texas at Austin and head golf professional for over 50-years at the Austin Country Club, Penick was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 1979. The statue is a gift from the Austin Country Club and GolfSmith, Inc. of Austin, and is located inside the great-room of the Brackenridge Park Golf Course clubhouse.

“This is a terrific and very significant new artifact for our museum. I’d like to thank Joe Black, Dale Morgan and the Board of the Austin County Club, and GolfSmith for this statue. Mr. Penick is a true reflection of the greatness of our Hall of Fame members”, said Buddy Cook, Board Chairman of The Texas Golf Hall of Fame.

Penick coached the UT golf team to 21 Southwest Conference championships, including 20 of 23 seasons from 1932 to 1954. As UT golf team members or golf students at the ACC, Mr. Penick taught some of the greatest names in Texas golf history and members of the World and Texas Golf Hall of Fames. Among them were Sandra Palmer, Betsy Rawls, Kathy Whitworth, Mickey Wright, Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite. Other students who have done well as professionals were Judy Kimble, Terry Dill, Don and Ric Massengale. Those are the professionals but there were literally thousands of students from across the country who were influenced by Mr. Penick’s teaching. Also, some of the great golf teachers and instructors of this generation were “Harvey’s Disciples”.

Much of Mr. Penick’s fame was a result of his best-selling book, “Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book, Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf”, which was published in 1992. The Little Red Book became an instant best seller and is located on most golfer’s book shelves today. In 1993, Mr. Penick partnered with GolfSmith, Inc. of Austin for the establishment of the Harvey Penick Golf Academy – which is still a teaching academy to this day.

Who can ever forget the 1995 Masters which started two days after Mr. Penick’s death. Both Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw had been pall-bearers at the funeral in Austin and some questioned whether they would be able to compete. Instead, Ben won the tournament with a very emotional finish in his caddy’s arms. At the post –tournament press conference, Ben said he had a 15th club in his bag that week – Harvey’s memory.

In the near future, additional museum components will be constructed by the Hall of Fame at the clubhouse and historic Borglum Studio.

The Texas Golf Hall of Fame and Museum is a 501(c)(3) and Texas non-profit corporation.


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