Long Live the King: Remembering the legacy, impact of Arnold Palmer

By |  September 26, 2016 0 Comments

apalmer-2To honor the loss of one of the industry’s greatest icons, members of the Golfdom team share their memories of the King.

First up, Editor-in-Chief Seth Jones shares the story of his first meeting with Arnie, where, in his office at Bay Hill, Jones ended up crashing an interview he was having with Associated Press golf writer, Doug Ferguson.

Read Seth’s story here.

Arnold Palmer (Photo by Bill Spruce)

Photo credit: Bill Spruce via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

The next story comes from Joel Jackson. In his story, he talks about meeting Arnold Palmer during a practice round at the Masters in the early 1980s. From there he ended up trading a job with Disney to working with Palmer at Isleworth Country Club, which was one of a dozen courses in Florida experimenting with bentgrass greens at the time.

Read Joel’s story here.

This time it’s Karl Danneberger and his memories of the King. In 1974, Danneberger and his friends were down in Florida for spring break. Then a unplanned detour to Orlando, specifically the Florida Citrus Open, led him to see firsthand what kind of atmosphere Arnie created when he was playing.

1962 Arnold Palmer Golfdom cover

Arnold Palmer on the cover of Golfdom in 1962.

Read Karl’s full story here.

The next Palmer story comes from Steven Wright. Wright had quite a few meetings with the King, from a simple autograph to working with him on designing an 18-hole course. He was also in contention for another job with Palmer, which, ironically, was given to a fellow Golfdom columnist.

Read Steven’s story here.

And our final story comes from Mark Woodward. Here, Woodward explains his buffet line conversation with Palmer and Palmer’s closing remark that has stuck with him since 2006.

Read Mark’s story here.

 

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