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Christovich, McGibney Co-champs of the 74th Harvey Penick Invitational

AUSTIN, Texas (October 9, 2011)--Patrick Christovich (New Orleans, LA) and Peter McGibney (Dublin, Ireland and Austin, TX) were declared co-champions of the 74th Harvey Penick Invitational at Austin Country Club, while Jay Pumphrey and Ron Hackleman, both of Georgetown, TX, won the Senior and Super Senior Divisions.

Both players came into the tournament playing great golf, with Christovich winning the Louisiana Mid-Amateur and making match play at the U.S. Amateur, and McGibney finishing in the top 4 in four of his last six in-state tournaments. But it was Neal Barfield of Dallas who took the lead after day one, opening with a 3-under 69. Barfield would back up on day two, allowing Christovich and McGibney to take the lead at even par with identical scores of 74-70, and setting up a shootout for the final round. But when heavy rain moved in to the Austin area, which was much needed for the record-breaking drought but too much at once for play to continue, the final round was canceled. Brian Harris of Kokomo, IN finished third at 2-over, while three players finished tied for fourth at 3-over.

Pumphrey shot a first-round 73 and followed it with a 77 in challenging conditions on day two for a one-shot win over Mac McGee of Midland, TX, with Peach Reynolds of Austin, TX finishing third, three shots back. New for 2011, the Super Senior Division was won by Ron Hackleman, who shot 76 and 75 for a five-shot win over Chip Bridges of Monarch Beach, CA. Larry Walsh of Mountain City, TX finished third.

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ABOUT THE Harvey Penick Invitational

2015 UPDATE:

The 2015 event has been cancelled due to course renovation at Austin Country Club.

54-hole stroke play invitational that has quickly become one of the premier amateur events in the region. Mid-Am and Senior Divisions.

The tournament honors the late Harvey Penick, the renowned golf teacher who had an 82-year association with Austin Country Club. Penick, a Texas native, began his career at the age of eight as a caddy at Austin Country Club, became the assistant pro there at thirteen, and was elevated to head professional in 1923 upon graduation from high school. In 1971 he was named Professional Emeritus when his son, Tinsley, succeeded him as Head Professional. Harvey Penick taught golf for seven decades and coached the University of Texas golf team for 33 years. Among those whom he taught to "take dead aim" were Ed White, Betty Jameson, Morris Williams Jr., Betsy Rawls, Mickey Wright, Kathy Whitworth, Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw, and Sandra Palmer.

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