Palmer Maples, Jr.
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 through his vast experience as an agronomist and golf course superintendent. Maples studied turfgrass under fellow Hall of Famer Dr. Glen Burton at the Tifton Experiment Station and 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. Maples has served as golf course superintendent at the Charlotte Country Club, The Standard Club and Summit Chase Country Club. From 1967-69, he was the president of the Carolina Golf Course Superintendents Association. He was Georgia’s Superintendent of the Year in 1971, and was elected president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) in 1975. Maples has been honored nationally with the GCSAA Distinguished Service Award (1999) and the United States Golf Association Green Section Award (2000).