Tip of the Week This week we look at the biography of golfing great Arnold Daniel Palmer,  Part 1. Arnold Daniel Palmer Born: September 10th 1929, Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Age: 83
17 Mar 2013 13:31

Tip of the Week

This week we look at the biography of golfing great Arnold Daniel Palmer,  Part 1.
Arnold Daniel Palmer
Born: September 10th 1929, Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
Age: 83
Height: 1.78m
Education: Wake Forest University
Nick Name: The King



Arnold Daniel Palmer was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and learnt how to play golf from his father, Milford Deacon Palmer. Arnold’s father suffered from Polio at a young age. He was the Head Professional and Greens keeper at Latrobe Country Club. This gave Arnold unlimited access not only to the golf course but also to his father’s constant correction and support allowing young Arnold to develop an incredible playing ability. This led to Arnold attending Wake Forest University on a golf scholarship. However, the death of close friend Bud Worsham saw the young Arnold leave university and enlist in the United States Coast Guard. He served for three years and continued to hone his golf skills. Palmer returned to college and competitive golf and his win in the 1954 U.S. Amateur gave rise to his decision to try the pro tour for a while. His new bride Winifred Walzer who he met during a tournament in Pennsylvania accompanied Arnold on the circuit in 1955.

Arnold Palmer’s win in the 1955 Canadian Open in his rookie year raised his game status overnight. However it was Palmer’s charisma which played a major factor in establishing golf as a television event during the 50s 60s and set the stage for the popularity which golf continues to enjoy today. His first major championship win at the 1958 Masters Tournament cemented his position as one of the leading stars in golf and by 1960 he had signed up with pioneering sports agent Mark McCormack’s first client.

According to McCormack the five attributes that made Arnold Palmer marketable: #1.His good looks. #2.His relatively modest background, his father was a greens keeper before rising to be club professional at Latrobe Country Club. Latrobe was a humble club. #3.The way he played golf, taking risks and wearing his emotions on his sleeve. #4.His involvement in a string of exciting finishes in early televised tournaments. #5.His affability.
Palmer is also credited by many including his peers for securing the status of The Open Championship (British Open) among U.S. players. After Ben Hogan won that championship in 1953, few American professionals had travelled to play in The Open. The travel requirements of the Open, the relatively small prize purses, the style of its links courses which were totally different from most American golf courses are just a few of the negatives which players constantly mentioned. However, it was Mark McCormack who convinced Arnold Palmer that success in the Open would be the essential for his golfing career. If he wanted to be a part of golfing history he would have to travel the path others had travelled before him. Emulating the feats of Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Sam Snead and Hogan would truly make him a global sporting star and not simply a leading American golfer.

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Last week
Scott Brown went from a one-shot deficit to a one-shot victory on Sunday at the Puerto Rico Open when he made a 4-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole to beat Fabian Gomez and capture his first PGA TOUR title

This Week’s Event
This week’s event takes place at the Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club at the Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor Florida for the Tampa Bay Championship. Last year’s winner Luke Donald will be looking to prove last year’s win was no fluke, hopefully he can prove the golfing critics wrong.


Last week
The ladies tour took a break last week with and all the players should be in great form looking ahead at next week’s event at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix Arizona. Yani Tseng will be ready to defend her title. Other top contenders for the Cup are Stacey Lewis, Inbee Park, Na Yeon Choi, So Yeon Ryu.

This week
This week the ladies tour event championship takes place at the Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad California for the Kia Classic. Last year’s winner Yani Tseng will face stiff competition from golf rivals Yoo Sun Young, Jiyai Shin, Stacey Lewis.

Last Saturday’s competition results are as follows:
Event: Open competition-2BBB

1st: Neil Stokes & Grant Alchin (44 points
2nd: George Stock & Rossco Greenville (43 points)

Nearest to the Pin:
John Kemp (Hole #7)

Last Sunday’s competition results are as follows:

Event: Open Individual Stableford


1st: Rajeshwar Prasad (38 points)
2nd: Afzal Khan (37 points)
Nearest to the Pin:
Hermant Kumar (Hole#13)


Wednesday 20th March – Mixed competition-Stableford
Friday 22nd March – Bula Friday – Modified Stableford
Saturday 23rd March – Open competition – V/Par
Sunday 24th March – Open Single Stableford


Mr. Bruce Shepherd

This week’s between shots is Mr. Bruce Shepherd
What clubs do you use? Callaway
Where is your home club? Vernon R C Canada
Who is your favorite player? Mcllroy
What course do you love to play? Predator Ridge Vernon Canada
What is your favourite hole? Haven’t played yet
What shot will you always remember? No hole in one to remember
Who are your dream playing partners? Just good friends
This was what Mr. Osborn had to say about Natadola Bay Golf Course: Better without wind, generally good shape, unforgiving in rough

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