Toney Penna

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Toney G. Penna (January 15, 1908 – August 6, 1995) was an Italian-American professional golfer and designer of ground-breaking golf clubs and gear. He won or placed highly in numerous prestigious golf tournaments in the U.S. during his lifetime. He introduced new lines of golf clubs that incorporated trade-secret plans, some of which are still held secret. Many of these clubs are rare and are coveted collectors items, and some are still in production. He also introduced the use of color to both clubs and to golf accessories, such as carrying bags.


Penna was born in Naples, Italy. He grew up in Harrison, New York

Penna was known for his personality and individualism as much as for his golfing prowess. He was a forthright critic of all of his high-ranking golf contemporaries, and even published a table enumerating the strengths and weaknesses of each in his entertaining autobiography. He could display a ready temper but also had an irresistible wit that his associates found charming. He was friends with many of the political, corporate and Hollywood elite, including Dean Martin and Bing Crosby.

Penna was a longtime employee and representative of the MacGregor Golf Company. A stretch of road in Jupiter, Florida, is named after him. The spelling of his name was something of an attention-getter, and was used by Toney to set himself apart. He was a well-known connoisseur of fine clothing, cars and lifestyle. He was from an Italian...
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