It will be a change-of-pace kind of Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Induction Banquet in 2002.
The emphasis will be more on the periphery of the sport rather than tournament golfers when the 14th annual banquet takes place Jan. 12 at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.
Of the three inductees, only Ed Everett, a professional from Albany, is being inducted for his accomplishments playing the game.
Tom Cousins of Rome is a businessman who helped develop some of the top courses in the state; and Palmer Maples Jr. of Lawrenceville was a agronomist and golf course superintendent.
In contrast, the 2000 inductees - Davis Love III, Bill Ploeger and the late Gene Dahlbender - made their names playing on the golf course.
Everett, 57, is a four-time Georgia PGA Senior Championship winner and a two-time Georgia Senior Open champion. He is the director of the Georgia Middle section of the PGA of America.
Through his company, Cousins Properties Inc., Cousins developed the first golf courses centered in residential communities in the Atlanta area. He was also one of the founding members of Atlanta Country Club and helped revitalize Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club and the neighborhood around it in the mid-1990s. The improvements led to the club playing host to two Tour Championships and the 2001 U.S. Amateur.
Maples, 69, is cousin of the late Ellis Maples, a golf course architect. Ellis Maples designed West Lake Country Club in Martinez, Goshen Plantation Golf Club in Augusta and Midland Valley Country Club in Graniteville, S.C. He was one of the seven original Goshen owners and worked as the pro there for a short period of time.
An agronomist who helped introduce bent-grass greens to Georgia in the mid-1970s, Palmer Maples will be the first inductee who made his living as a golf course superintendent. Three other inductees - George Kozelnicky in 1992, Glen Burton in 1995 and William Roquemore in 1998 - made it into the hall as agronomists.
Maples worked on golf courses for more than 60 years, starting at age 11 when he drove a tractor, he said. He retired in 1997.
"It (being inducted) will be a wonderful feeling," said Maples, a former superintendent at The Standard Club in Atlanta and Summit Chase Country Club in Snellville. "I'm indebted to the nominating committee for having me in there. It's a great honor to make it as a superintendent, to have made a contribution at the golf courses where the great players have competed."
Maples has attended numerous Masters Tournaments. The first time he stepped on the grounds at Augusta National was 1955, when he was in radio school at Fort Gordon.
"I read in the paper that if you were a serviceman and wore your uniform, you could get in the Masters at no charge," said Maples, who attended the Friday, Saturday and Sunday tournament rounds. "To walk around that course was a thrill."
He wasn't around late Sunday afternoon to watch Cary Middlecoff win the green jacket that year.
"I had to get back to base to make call," Maples said.
When: Jan. 12, 2002 (7 p.m.)
Where: Augusta Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta
2002 inductees: Tom Cousins, Ed Everett, Palmer Maples Jr.
Previous inductees: 56
Qualifications: Born in Georgia and lived here for a reasonable period of time, or participated in a golf activity in Georgia, or born a citizen of Georgia and brought honor to the state through his/her golf endeavors, and participated in the sport for 20 years or have been inactive for five years.
Tickets: $70 each or $700 for a table of ten
Reservations: (706) 724-4444
Palmer Maples Jr.
Position: Retired agronomist and golf course superintendent
Accomplishments: Helped introduce bent-grass to greens at The Standard Club in Atlanta in 1970 and Summit Chase Country Club in Snellville in 1981 .. Georgia superintendent of the year in 1971 .. Elected president of the Golf Course Superintendents of America in 1975 .. Received the Golf Course Superintendents of America Distinguished Service Award in 2000 .. Received the U.S. Golf Association's Green Section award in 2000.
Position: Owns Cousins Properties, Inc.
Accomplishments: Developed the first golf courses centered in residential communities in the Atlanta area, including Indian Hills, Hidden Hills, Cross Creek and Big Canoe .. one of original founders of Atlanta Country Club, former site of the PGA Tour's Atlanta Classic .. Helped revitalize Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club, site to two Tour Championships and the 2001 U.S. Amateur.
Position: Director of the Georgia Middle section of the PGA of America
Accomplishments: Won the Georgia PGA Senior Championship in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998 .. Won the Georgia Senior Open 1997, 1999 .. Won the Georgia PGA Match Play Championship in 1989 .. Won the national PGA Senior club professional championship in 1997.
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