Arnold Palmer – the man they dedicated the King’s Cup to

0
176

Arnold Palmer is regarded as one of the greatest and most charismatic players in golf history. He was many things to many people – world famous golfer and sportsman, highly-successful business executive, prominent advertising spokesman, skilled aviator, talented golf course designer and consultant, devoted family patriarch and a man with a down-to-earth common touch that made him one of the most popular and accessible public figures.
Palmer learned golf from his father who was head professional and greenskeeper at Latrobe Country Club. His springboard to professional fame was his victory in the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1954. He turned professional a few months later.
He was named “Athlete of the Decade” for the 1960s and amassed 92 championships in professional competition of national or international stature. Sixty-two of the victories came on the U.S. PGA Tour, starting with the 1955 Canadian Open.
His kindness and thoughtfulness endeared him to millions throughout the world and led to the informal formation of ‘Arnie’s Army’. Arnold was president and sole owner of Latrobe Country Club and president and principal owner of the Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Orlando, Florida.
Palmer was a consultant to Golf Channel in Orlando. He put his stamp on about 300 new courses throughout the world. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2004 and the Congressional Gold Medal, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in 2009. He has received virtually every national award in golf. He played a major role in the fund-raising drive in the 1980s that led to the creation of the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women and subsequently the Arnold Palmer Medical Centre in Orlando.
Palmer died on September 25, 2016 while awaiting heart surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Shadyside) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered in his hometown at Latrobe Country Club.