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Statement on the Passing of Dr. Lee Elder, PGA, from PGA of America President Jim Richerson

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Lee Elder during the 54th Senior PGA Championship held at the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 1993.

Lee Elder during the 54th Senior PGA Championship held at the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 1993.

The PGA of America is saddened by the passing of 45-year PGA Member Dr. Lee Elder, whose trailblazing examples of courage and commitment to the sport, together with his talent on the course, became an inspiration to generations of golfers from all backgrounds. 
While many know Dr. Elder as the first Black player to compete in The Masters in 1975 and can picture him at the ceremonial opening tee shot at Augusta National earlier this year, we must also remember his unforgettable legacy of resilience, fortitude and love of golf, which cannot be overstated.
Throughout his career, Dr. Elder continually gave back to the sport as a mentor for countless young golfers and PGA Professionals who followed his footsteps and took up this great game and profession. We cannot thank or credit Dr. Elder enough for his many significant contributions to our sport.
We will miss him dearly and send our thoughts and prayers to his friends, family and wife, Sharon.
Jim Richerson
President, PGA of America
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