West Des Moines | Inducted 2012 | Category: Amateur Golfer/ Volunteer
Career Highlights (Updated January, 2016)
Major Iowa Victories (27):
Iowa Amateur – 2000, 2011, 2013
IGA Match Play – 2015
Iowa Mid-Amateur – 1998, 2000, 2009, 2013, 2020
IGA Four-Ball (with Mike McCoy) – 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017
IGA Four-Ball (with Sam Billmeyer) – 2005
Herman Sani – (Co-Champ with Sean McCarty) – 2009
Iowa Masters – 2009, 2015, 2017, 2018
Iowa Open – 1985 (Pro), 1996 (Amateur)
Carroll Amateur, 2008, 2009; Waterloo Open Amateur, 2011;
Lake Creek Amateur, 2012; Briarwood Amateur, 2011 & 2016
Major Iowa Senior Victories:
Iowa Senior Amateur – 2014, 2016, 2019, 2020
Iowa Senior Match Play – 2012. 2016, 2019
4-Time IGA Player of the Year – 2002, 2011, 2015, 2016
3-Time IGA Senior Player of the Year – 2012, 2016, 2019
Significant National Victories:
1998 Porter Cup
1998 Terra Cotta Invitational
2007 and 2009 Coleman Invitational
2012 Trans-Miss Four-Ball Champion (with Mike McCoy)
Advanced 14 times through U.S. Open Local Qualifying
Has played in 34 USGA Championships:
Eight U.S. Amateurs, making Match Play in three
*1999 U.S. Amateur Stroke Play medalist (Pebble Beach)
15 U.S. Mid-Amateurs, making Match Play in 12 of them
U.S. Amateur Four-Ball (with partner Mike McCoy) – 2015, 2019
U.S. Senior Amateur – 2017, 2018, 2019
U.S. Senior Open – 2016
One U.S. Junior Amateur, made Match Play
USGA Men’s State Team (Team Iowa) – 1995, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016
*2012 Team finished as Runner-Up (with Dennis Bull and Jon Olson)
*2014 Team finished Third (with J. D. Anderson and Mike McCoy)
1999-2006 USGA Mid-Amateur Committee Member
2004-2019 IGA Board of Directors
* Served as Chair of the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame Committee
Elliott has enjoyed an illustrious career as a player and as a volunteer USGA Committee member and Iowa Golf Association board member. A native of Bettendorf, Gene has competed on the national level his entire career. In 1980 he was the individual medalist in the Iowa High School Championship and went on that summer to win the prestigious Western Junior playing against many who would go on to PGA Tour careers. He was heavily recruited by major colleges but opted to stay in Iowa and play for his beloved Hawkeyes.
Elliott turned pro in 1985 and won the Iowa and Missouri Opens. After narrowly failing to earn his PGA Tour card Gene went on to play on the Canadian Tour winning the Quebec Open and finishing 10th on the 1988 money list. In 1989 he earned his European Tour card and played in 10 events throughout Europe.
After returning to Iowa and the family business, he was reinstated as an amateur in 1995 and was back playing for the love of the game. He quickly established himself as a world class amateur winning the Iowa Open and the Terra Cotta Invitational in Naples, Fla. He had a major win at the Porter Cup in 1998 and was medalist at the U. S. Amateur at Pebble Beach in 1999.
He has played in 35 USGA Championships including eight U.S. Amateurs and 12 U.S. Mid-Amateurs. He was stroke play medalist at the 1999 U.S. Amateur held at Pebble Beach. He has advanced to Sectional Qualifying for the U. S. Open 14 times. He has won the Iowa Open twice and the Iowa Mid-Amateur five times. He is one of only 12 men who have won the Iowa Amateur three times. He is a 4-time IGA Player of the Year: 2002, 2011, 2015 and 2016.
Since his induction at age 50 in 2012 his play has become, if anything, more remarkable. He has twice captured the IGA Player of the Year (2015 & 16) and Senior Player of the Year awards (2012, 2016, 2017 & 2019). Seven of his 20 Iowa Major victories have occurred since he turned 50, including his third Iowa Amateur win in 2013! He also won the 2013 Crump Cup at the fabled Pine Valley Golf Club.
In addition to his competitive record Gene has served as a volunteer to the game on the USGA Mid-Amateur Committee for seven years (1999-2006) and as an IGA board member since 2004.
In his letter nominating Elliott close friend and 2011 Hall of Fame inductee Mike McCoy said: “Gene has conducted himself as a true gentleman throughout his life both on and off the golf course. He has developed friendships throughout the golf world and is universally respected and liked by all”.