The 77th Harvey Penick Invitational has been scheduled for October 10-12, with a practice round scheduled for October 9.
The tournament honors Harvey Penick, the renowned Hall of Fame teaching professional who created the tournament in 1935 and whose association with Austin Country Club spanned 82 years. He was one of the finest teachers and gentlemen of the game, whose students included Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw, Mickey Wright, Kathy Whitworth, and countless other golfers of all ability levels. His instructional books Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book (1992) and And If You Play Golf, You’re My Friend (1993) became the top two all-time sports best-sellers.
The Harvey Penick Invitational is a 54-hole individual stroke play event with two divisions, one for Mid-Amateurs aged 25 and over and one for Senior Amateurs aged 55 and over. The event is played at Austin Country Club, a Pete Dye design that opened in 1984 and has consistently been rated as one of the best courses in Texas. Austin Country Club has hosted numerous Texas state championships, most recently the Texas Mid-Amateur in 2009 and the Texas State Amateur in 2011. It was the home of the Morris Williams Intercollegiate, one of the premier college tournaments in the nation, and regularly hosts USGA qualifiers including those for the U.S. Open.
The tournament has long drawn a top amateur field, with an impressive list of participants and past champions. Winners of the tournament have gone on to win 12 PGA Tour titles, including the Masters, and 29 Champions Tour titles. Closer to home, winners of The Penick have won seven Texas State Amateur Championships, over fifty state titles overall, and the USGA State Team Championship for Texas. Participants in The Penick have included winners of the U.S. Amateur, British Amateur, NCAA Championships, and numerous state, regional and national amateur championships; as well as qualifiers for every USGA Championship including the U.S. Open.
Because of its history, tradition, and quality of field, the Harvey Penick Invitational has been designated as a points tournament in each major ranking of amateur and senior golfers: the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Amateur Rankings, the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR), the R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), and the Golfweek Senior Amateur Rankings.