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“The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.” -Arnold Palmer
A true man of honor and integrity, on and off the course. Golf lost a legend today. The late Arnold Palmer changed the game on so many levels. Palmer was more than just an outstanding golfer, he was a giver.
Born September 10th 1929, Palmer had an early introduction to golf from his father Milfred J. “Deacon” Palmer, who worked at the Latrobe Country Club in Pennsylvania for over 55 years. At the age of four, Palmer started swinging his first set of golf clubs from his father, who cut had them down. Little did they know, that golf would take over completely. Deeply rooted in the game, Palmer put the work in and won the high school championship twice!
And to think… we would have never known him. When his best friend, Bud Worsham died in an auto accident Palmer took it extremely hard and withdrew from Wake Forest to join the Coast Guard. Thankfully, his love for golf was rekindled, and he retuned to Wake Forest.
Shortly after winning the U.S. Amateur in 1954 he met the love of his life, Winifred Walzer at a tournament in Pennsylvania. They married that year and were the “it” couple in golf. What I knew about Palmer could never come close to the impact he and his wife had on my community. Growing up in Orlando, FL I had always known of them through their hospital, and would pass it everyday not knowing the significance of their legacy.
What a life. Not only has Palmer won countless championships and awards, but he has won the hearts of sports fans all over the world… Including my PaPa. I am forever thankful for his inspiring life.
Rest in peace.