The golf world mourned when Arnold Palmer passed away last September at the age of 87. Known simply as “The King” to his legion of fans, Palmer is not only one of the greatest players in the history of golf, but he is also one of the sport’s most important figures.
A humble, good-natured fellow who was the son of the greenskeeper at Latrobe Country Club, Palmer popularized the sport among the nation’s working class, just as televised sports began to blossom. “Arnie’s Army” followed him to tournaments across the country, hanging on every shot as he engaged in epic battles with the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. Not only did Palmer capture seven major championships, 62 PGA Tour tournaments and more than 90 total professional events, but in retirement he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.
In the weeks and months since his passing, Palmer’s life has been celebrated with moving tributes at events such as the Ryder Cup, The Masters, and at his own annual tournament, the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
Missing from all of the recent tributes and documentaries is Palmer’s tie to Bucknell. And it happened 50 years ago today — Wednesday, May 10, 1967. Continue reading “50 Years Ago the King Came to Bucknell”