According to CBS News, Arnold Daniel Palmer passed away on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. The renowned golfer died in Pittsburg. Joel Beall, Golf Digest Editor, posted a tweet at 8:30 p.m. EDT.
CBS partner, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Palmer had been undergoing cardiac tests. He died while he was a patient at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital since September 22.
Beall’s message read, “You are forever a legend in gold and in life.” A second tweet was posted, this one from Dave Shedloski. He spoke of his sadness about the champion’s death.
87-year-old Palmer was born in Latrobe, Penn. on Sept. 10, 1929. Biography.com reported that his father was Milfred J. “Deacon” Palmer, who was a golf pro. At three years old, he played with clubs that his dad modified for him. By the time the son was 17 years old he had won “two interscholastic championships;” the PIAA and WPPIAL in 1946-47.
The high school champ attended college on a golf scholarship at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.
He continued to have a successful golfing career; he won 92 tournaments. He was the first person to be a four-time winner of The U.S. Masters, a competition he played for 50 consecutive years. The champion garnered a nickname; The King Arnie or The King. Palmer has been referred to as golf’s greatest ambassador.
During his tenor in the 50s and 60s, he built as “rabid fan base.” They were called “Arnie’s Army.” Palmer was a co-founder of the Golf Channel. In 2012 he was the recipient of a Congressional Gold Medal, which is the highest civilian award in the U.S.
Written by Cathy Milne
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