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Harvey Penick


Inducted in 2009

Legendary golf coach and instructor Harvey Penick fell in love with the game that made him famous as a young caddie at Austin Country Club in Austin, TX.

A native of Austin, TX, Harvey Penick began caddying at age eight at Austin Country Club, where he was hired five years later as the club’s assistant professional. He was promoted to head professional in 1923 and worked at the club for 50 years, teaching the game to legends like Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw and Mickey Wright. He also worked as golf coach at the University of Texas from 1931-1963. His instructional book, “The Little Red Book,” is the highest-selling golf book of all-time. Penick died in 1995, and was posthumously inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002.

For his work promoting the important role of caddies in the game of golf, Harvey Penick earned a place in the Caddie Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who support caddying.

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