Norwalk | Inducted 2023 | Category: Amateur Golfer

Career Highlights

Major Iowa Victories (4):
IGA Match Play – 2002, 2021
IGA Four-Ball – 2004
Iowa Mid-Amateur – 2004

Major Iowa Senior Victories:
IGA Senior Match Play – 2021, 2020, 2018, 2015, 2013
Iowa Senior Amateur – 2022, 2018, 2015, 2013
Iowa Mid-Amateur (Senior Division) – 2023, 2021, 2017
IGA Four-Ball (Senior Division) – 2021, 2018, 2017
Herman Sani Tournament (Senior Division) – 2020, 2018, 2017, 2013
Fort Dodge Amateur (Senior Division) – 2017, 2015, 2014
Iowa Open (Senior Division) – 2021, 2018, 2014
Iowa Masters (Senior Division) – 2022, 2020
Waterloo Open (Senior Division) – 2017

5-time Iowa Senior Player of the Year

A fierce competitor and unmatched drive to win are two ways of describing Joe Palmer, of Norwalk.

“Joe has been and continues to be one of the best competitors within the game of golf I have ever seen in the state of Iowa,” Jon Olson, owner of 13 IGA Point Event victories, said of Palmer. “His attitude, desire and perseverance in any round he competes is truly inspiring. He has made myself – and anyone who is attentive to his game – a better player; Joe simply never gives up.”

Palmer’s record speaks for itself. He is a winner of four ‘Open Division’ IGA point events, which includes the 2004 IGA Four-Ball, 2004 Iowa Mid-Amateur and a pair of IGA Match Play titles, his second coming in a remarkable run in 2021 to win the event as a Senior.

Palmer’s dominance on the course really took off when he turned 50 – collecting 28 victories within the Senior Division, which includes five IGA Senior Match Play victories and four Iowa Senior Amateur wins. Palmer also has three Senior Division wins each in the Iowa Mid-Amateur, IGA Four-Ball, Herman Sani Tournament, Fort Dodge Amateur, Iowa Open, and Iowa Masters.

“Joe has been a stalwart on the Iowa Amateur golf scene for decades and has the game that just keeps getting better over time, a rare feat for most accomplished players,” Iowa Golf Hall of Fame member Ken Schall said. “Joe is still competitive among the younger competitors around the state, as evidenced by winning the IGA Match Play and the Iowa Senior Match Play title (his 5th) in the same year. His ball striking ability would compare to nearly any senior player, even at the highest level, professional or amateur.”

Palmer has also competed in eight USGA Championships and looks to add to that number in the future.

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