R. Paul Harney
Sport:
Year of Graduation:
Year Inducted:
Men's Golf
1952
1963

Biography

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.