Arnold Palmer or Arnold Daniel ‘The King’ Palmer was a legendary professional golfer. He was born on September 10th, 1929 in Patrobe, Pennsylvania r. Arnold went to Wake Forest University on a golf scholarship and left to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard. He served for three years and came back to college and won his first professional competition in 1954 at the U.S. Amateur. The King won 62 PGA Tours over his career and retired from golf completely in 2007. He passed away on September 25th, 2016 at age 87. Arnold was one of only six athletes to ever receive the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor.
Arnold was a lifelong Presbyterian. This didn’t stop him from sustaining close relationships with people from other denominations Benedictine Archabbot Douglas Nowicki of St Vincent’s Archabbey visited Arnold regularly when he was on his death bed. They were good friends and had known each other for 50 years. Palmer and his wife even went to the Archabbot’s Mass on Sunday mornings. Denomination did not break the bond of their friendship.
Palmer was a republican. He received offers to run for a high office position in the Republican Party but refused.“I’m prone to say what’s on my mind without worrying about the consequences.” This was one reason he gave for declining the political offers. He also said in his memoir, “Waiting there was a group of truly heavy hitters from the business and financial world. … It was quickly explained to me that if I was willing to toss my golf visor into the public arena of high public office, these men would be ‘very interested’ in providing the kind of political clout and financial wherewithal I would surely need.”
Arnold loves people and golf was always a hobby for him. He sold paint so he could earn extra cash to enter a golf tournament. His favorite hobby is flying. He initially had a fear of flying but eventually overcame it and fell in love with it.
The golf legend was married to Kathleen Gawthrop at the time of his death. Before that he had a long marriage to Winifred Walzer until she died in 1999.
Arnold told his wife to make a bigger pitcher of tea with the idea of putting lemonade in it. He ordered it in a restaurant by describing how to make the drink and heard a woman say, “I’ll have an Arnold Palmer.” That started the infamous drink that’s predominantly iced tea with a splash of lemonade. He says, “Iced tea dominates the drink, and if it doesn’t, it’s not really right.”