A native of Worcester, Harney came
to Holy Cross in 1948 and began an outstanding golfing career, both
at the collegiate and professional levels. Mentored by HC
Hall of Famer Gerry Anderson '38 and coached by Charles Donnelly,
Harney's accolades would begin early. As a sophomore, he was
a medalist in the New England Championship. The following
year as a junior, he won the Eastern Championship at
Annapolis. As a senior in 1952, he was a medalist at the NCAA
Championship at Purdue University. He finished his college
career with a remarkable 52-4 record.
He served in the U.S. Navy after graduation before joining the PGA Tour full-time in 1955. He pared his schedule down to part-time on the Tour in 1963 but remained competitive, winning the Los Angeles Open in 1964 and 1965. His performances in major tournament are also impressive, including a 4th place finish in the 1963 U.S. Open and 4 Top-8 finishes in the Masters during the 1960s. He entered five Massachusetts Opens, winning all of them.
In 1974 Harney was named PGA Golf Professional of the Year. In 1995 he was the inaugural inductee into the New England Golf Hall of Fame, and in 2005 he was welcomed into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.