Harvey Penick Invitational Launches New Website
AUSTIN, TX (July 24, 2006)--In preparation for the 2006 Harvey Penick Invitational, the tournament has launched its new website, www.harveypenickinvitational.com. The 70th version of The Penick will be played at Austin Country Club on September 22-24, 2006, with a practice round scheduled for September 21.
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. It is 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, traditions, and quality of field, the Harvey Penick Invitational has been designated as a points tournament in the Golfweek/Titleist National Amateur Rankings for both amateurs and seniors. The Penick is one of only four mid-amateur tournaments in the U.S., and the only tournament in Texas, with that designation.
For complete tournament information, including an online invitation request form, visit the Harvey Penick Invitational website at www.harveypenickinvitational.com.