Lee Elder: Remembering a Trailblazer
Meeting fellow PGA Members at the 2021 Masters. Center - Lee Elder, PGA L-R (standing): Kendall Murphy, PGA; Kennie Sims, PGA; Gerry Hammond, PGA; Maulana Dotch, PGA; Rich Jones, PGA; Mackenzie Mack, PGA; Wyatt Worthington, PGA; Howie Pruitt, PGA; Scooter Clark, PGA; Renee Powell, PGA; Jeff Dunovant, PGA; Earl Cooper, PGACourtesy of Augusta National Golf Club
A pioneer and trailblazer, Dr. Lee Elder, PGA, was a man who paved the way for generations to come.
From topping the leaderboards at Tour events, to perhaps his most impactful legacy: becoming the first African American to compete in the Masters and in the Ryder Cup, Lee Elder has been breaking down barriers his entire illustrious career. Ever the champion of inclusion, his achievements have made the game of golf a more welcoming and inclusive space.
A PGA Member for 45 years, Lee Elder was honored for his significant contributions to the game with a ceremony by the PGA of America this past April during the Masters, where he was celebrated along with 12 Black PGA Members.
On November 28, 2021, Lee Elder passed away at the age of 87. His presence & influence will be missed and his legacy & impact will live on forever.
As we honor Lee’s incredible life, we are joined by voices across the golf industry and beyond who have been impacted by his lasting legacy: