Des Moines | Inducted 2007 | Category: Amateur Golfer/ Benefactor

George Turner’s contributions to Iowa golf have come both on and off the golf course. From his victories in two designated major championships — the 1965 Northwest Amateur and the 1969 Fort Dodge Amateur — to countless other amateur events, Turner’s name is well-known in Iowa.  Turner’s other wins include the Iowa Golf Association State Seniors title in 1989, the Iowa Golf Association State Masters title in 1990, the Iowa Golf Association State Senior Amateur title (70 years-over) in 2002, and the Des Moines Senior Open title in 2005.

The Iowa Golf Association named its distinguished service award after Turner in 2003. His name value runs beyond state borders. Turner qualified for and played in the 1981, 1984 and 1993 U.S. Senior Open and the 1988, 1990 and 1991 U.S. Senior Amateur.  Off the course, George has been an Iowa Golf Association volunteer for decades, helping run numerous events. George and John Nervig took over operations of the Iowa Masters from the late Harry Burrell 20 years ago. It’s not an official Iowa Golf Association event unless George Turner is somewhere on the course! (Courtesy of Rick Brown)

Career Highlights

1965     Northwest Amateur Champion

1969     Fort Dodge Amateur Champion 

2002     IGA Senior Amateur Champion (70 years & over) 

Played in 1981, 1984, and 1993 U.S. Senior Opens

Played in 1988, 1990, 1991 U.S. Senior Amateur

He has run the Iowa Masters with John Nervig for over 20 years

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