The tournament honors our friend, Harvey Penick, the renowned Hall of Fame teaching professional who created the competition in 1935 and whose association with Austin Country Club spanned 82 years. Harvey was a gentle, modest and unassuming man who taught with unfailing courtesy and generosity.
Harvey Penick created this tournament, then known as the Labor Day Tournament, in 1935. The tournament was originally conducted at match play, but was changed to a 54-hole stroke play competition in the mid-1950’s. In 1970 the tournament was renamed the Penick Classic in Harvey’s honor.
Austin Country Club was founded November 14, 1899 by Lewis Hancock, a man of more than ordinary vision. In those days country clubs and golf were practically unknown and it is believed that the Austin Golf Club (later to be renamed the Austin Country Club) was the first of its kind organized in Texas.