Toney Penna

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Toney Penna
Toney Penna 1942.jpg
Penna in 1942
Personal information
Full nameToney G. Penna
Born(1908-01-15)January 15, 1908
Naples, Italy
DiedAugust 6, 1995(1995-08-06) (aged 87)
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
NationalityFlag of Italy.svg  Italy
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Career
StatusProfessional
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins5
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
Other1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T8: 1947
PGA Championship T9: 1944, 1945
U.S. Open T3: 1938
The Open Championship CUT: 1954

Toney G. Penna (January 15, 1908 August 6, 1995) was an Italian-American professional golfer and designer of golf clubs and gear. [1] [2] He won four events on the PGA Tour between 1937 and 1947. [3] He introduced new lines of golf clubs and was the holder of four patents for golf clubs. [4] [5] Many of these clubs are considered collectors' items: some are still in production. He also introduced the use of color to both clubs and to golf accessories, such as carrying bags.

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Penna was born in Naples, Italy. He grew up in Harrison, New York and also lived in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio. [6] [7] By 1946, Penna had moved to Delray Beach, Florida. [8]

Starting out in golf by being a caddy, Penna was known for his personality and individualism as much as for his golfing abilities. [9] He was often a critic of his high-ranking golf contemporaries, and published a table illustrating his thoughts about the strengths and weaknesses of each in his autobiography. [10] With a ready temper but also a sense of humor, Penna's work as a golf pro brought him into contact with Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, and Bob Hope, among others. [5] [11] [12]

Perry Como was a long-time friend of Penna's. Before his permanent move to Florida, Como often came to golf with him on the weekends after completing his weekly television program. [13] [14] After a tournament where Penna beat Como, he remarked that the only thing that was keeping him from returning to the large professional golf tours was his lack of hair. A week later, Penna received a package from Como; inside was a hairpiece and a note which said "Go!". [15]

Penna was a longtime employee and representative of the MacGregor Golf Company. [13] After years of working for MacGregor, Penna started his own company and manufactured his own golf clubs. [2] A stretch of road in Jupiter, Florida, where his company was located is named after him. [16] Penna used the spelling of his name as an attention-getter, and was known for having a taste for fine clothing. [17] [18] Penna displayed an ability for concentrated problem-solving in improving golf club performance which led to his success as an equipment representative, a golf pro, and also as the producer of his own line of golf clubs. [10] [19]

With his brother, Charley, Penna was associated with the Beverly and with the Calumet Country Clubs, both near Chicago; at one time both brothers were playing professionally. [20] Penna died in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in 1995 at the age of 87. [4]

Professional wins

PGA Tour wins (4)

Other wins

this list is incomplete

Results in major championships

Tournament193419351936193719381939
Masters Tournament T31T10
U.S. Open T55CUTT28T3CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
Tournament1940194119421943194419451946194719481949
Masters Tournament T10T1922NTNTNTT21T846T23
U.S. Open 42T33NTNTNTNTT15T31T8CUT
The Open Championship NTNTNTNTNTNT
PGA Championship R64R32R32NTR16R16R32R32R64
Tournament19501951195219531954
Masters Tournament T21WD
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship R64R32R64
  Top 10
  Did not play

NT = no tournament
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 0000381110
U.S. Open 001123128
The Open Championship 00000010
PGA Championship 0000271111
Totals00117183529

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Further reading

Penna, Toney; Farley, Oscar (1965). My Wonderful World of Golf. Centaur House. ASIN   B000I6ZUME.