New Finding Aid Posted: Harvey Penick Collection

Posted October 16, 2012

Harvey Penick was an Austin institution who served the Austin Country Club in some capacity from 1913 until 1995.  From 1913 to 1923 he caddied.  In 1923 he became the head professional right out of high school.  He remained the pro until retiring in 1971, when his son, Tinsley, took over the position.  Harvey Penick continued as the golf pro emeritus from 1971 until he passed away in 1995.  He taught many famous golf pros including Ben Crenshaw, Betty Jameson, Tom Kite, Sandra Palmer, Betsy Rawls, Kathy Whitworth and Mickey Wright.  His gentle manner and forever positive attitude about golf and life endeared him to his many friends and pupils.  He became nationally and world famous when he penned The Little Red Book with author Bud Shrake in 1992.  That book of golf tips and stories became the biggest selling sports book of all time and was followed up with three more.

Finding Aid to the Harvey Penick Collection