Harney, six-time winner on PGA TOUR, dies at 82

August 25, 2011
Laury Livsey, PGA TOUR staff

Paul Harney, a six-time PGA TOUR winner, died Aug. 24 in Falmouth, Mass. He was 82.

Harney played his first PGA TOUR event in 1954 following service in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He won his first TOUR title, the 1957 Carling World Open, by three strokes over Dow Finsterwald in Flint, Mich. He traveled to Canada for the Labatt Open Invitational two weeks after that victory and won his second title.

Harney added two more wins before retiring from the TOUR in 1964 following his victory at the Los Angeles Open. He went on to become the head professional at Pleasant Valley Country Club in his hometown of Worcester, Mass. Harney still continued to play the TOUR part time and successfully defended his Los Angeles title in 1965. His last TOUR win came at the 1972 Andy Williams-San Diego Open when he defeated Hale Irwin by one stroke at Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Following that final victory, Harney and his wife, Patricia, and the couple's six children moved to East Falmouth, Mass., where he ran the Paul Harney Golf Club, a course the family still operates. His last PGA TOUR appearance came at the 1973 Sammy Davis, Jr.-Greater Hartford Open, where he tied for 29th.

After turning 50, Harney joined the Champions Tour and played in 70 tournaments between 1980 and 1989. His best finish was a second-place showing at the 1980 PGA Seniors' Championship. He lost that event in a playoff to Arnold Palmer in North Miami, Fla.

Harney was also a five-time Massachusetts Open champion, was the first inductee into the New England PGA Hall of Fame, in 1995 and was inducted into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame in 2005.

He is survived by his wife and three sons, Christopher, Timothy and Michael, and his three daughters, Erin Abbott, Anne Marie and Helene Pyne. He had 16 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Aug. 26 at the St. Patrick's Church in Falmouth. Burial will follow at the St. Joseph's Cemetery, also in Falmouth.