Elliott is GGP Amateur of the Year – Other Iowans honored
Gene Elliott (at left), of West Des Moines, has been honored by Global Golf Post as their Men’s Amateur Golfer of the Year, regardless of age considerations. Elliott excelled on the national stage in 2021, winning the most prestigious championships the two governing bodies present. Elliott endured stringent testing protocols to travel to Europe in June & July which proved well worth it when he won the British Seniors Amateur by a single stroke at Ganton Golf Club in England. He earned his coveted first USGA crown when he prevailed 1-up in the championship match at the U.S. Senior Amateur, held at the Country Club of Detroit.
In addition to Elliott’s recognition, other Iowans were named to the various GGP All-Amateur Teams as well. Elliott was joined by Mike McCoy, of Norwalk, on the GGP Men’s Senior Amateur First Team. McCoy captured the George C. Thomas Senior Division and the Crump Cup Senior crown in 2021. He also made the cut at the U.S. Senior Open at Omaha Country Club. Joe Palmer, also of Norwalk and the champion of the Iowa Senior Match Play and the IGA Match Play, was named to the second team. Finally, Nate McCoy, of Ankeny, was an Honorable Mention selection for the Men’s Mid-Amateur team.