Palmer Maples, Jr.'s Bio

Palmer Maples, Jr., was born in Rocky Mount, N.C., in 1932. Although a native of North Carolina, he has spent the majority of his time contributing to golf in Georgia via his vast experience as an agronomist and as a golf course superintendent. Shortly after leaving high school, Palmer Maples studied grass under Dr. Glen Burton at the Tifton Experiment Station and later completed a degree in Turf Culture from Abraham-Baldwin Agricultural College in 1953. He went on to the University of Georgia to earn a B.S. in agronomy in 1958. Mr. Maples has served as Golf Course Superintendent at the Charlotte Country Club, the Standard Club-Atlanta, and Summit Chase Country Club, in Snellville, Ga. From 1967 to 1969, he was the president of the Carolina Golf Course Superintendents Association. He won Georgia Superintendent of the Year in 1971, and he was elected president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America in 1975. In 1999, he received the GCSAA Distinguished Service Award. In 2000 he received the United States Golf Association Green Section Award.