Over the weekend, the legendary Arnold Palmer passed away at the age of 87, leaving an unfillable hole in the world of golf. To many who grew up watching The King, we knew him as the original golf superstar. Palmer was the perfect storm of amazing talent growing up during the advent of televised golfing competitions. In many ways, he revolutionized the world of golf and brought the sport into the mainstream. It only makes sense that he won both the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award and was in the first round of inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame, as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.
Many people who met Palmer in person attest to his personality. Palmer was both humble and down-to-earth, kind to his fans, and respectful to his fellow competitors. Few golfers have as many legendary moments as Arnold Palmer. From his unforgettable duels with Jack Nicklaus to his impressive collection of 92 championship wins, Palmer’s legacy on the course will never be forgotten, but it is perhaps his presence off the golf course that will keep him in minds of fans and on the pages of history for even longer. Arnie’s Army, his charitable organization, helps support organizations that help children, families, and the environment. The organization represents both the magnanimity of the man and his core values of being a great father and partner to his wife Winnie, who passed away from complications due to ovarian cancer.
We hope that the next time you are on the golf course, you pay tribute to one of the golf’s greats and enjoy a little iced tea mixed with lemonade while playing the sport that he loved so much. Golf might have lost its King, but his legacy will live on for decades to come.