Deacon Palmer Award

The Deacon Palmer Award honors a PGA Professional who personally displays outstanding integrity, character and leadership in the effort to overcome a major obstacle in their life.

Monty Elam | 2018 Deacon Palmer Award Winner

Watch Monty’s National Special Award Video

In 2007, Monty had a routine eye procedure that went terribly wrong and left him completely blind. After six months, a special procedure enabled him to regain limited sight in his left eye, while he remained completely blind in his right eye.

The advice from health professionals was to give up his dream and leave the golf business. However, Monty knew that was NOT an option, as he was ready to tackle the new challenges he faced, while determined to continue his lifelong passion as a PGA Member. Elam’s ability to adapt to different situations, combined with his knowledge of club operations and impeccable attention to detail, has allowed him to re-assume a leadership role at his club.

Monty, a 23-year PGA Member, is an advocate for individuals with special needs, as his facility hosts several programs annually for golfers with disabilities. Monty is an inspiration through his actions and commitment to excellence on a daily basis.