Long live the King!
Hello golf fans from Classic Swing Golf School, here’s a little history about one of the most beloved golfers in history.
Since the form of government that we have in this country is a democracy, we don’t have a royal family, however, we do have kings.
To be a king, one must be enjoy unparalleled success, be unofficially crowned by his adoring fans, and recognized by only their first names. Consequently, kings in this country are few and far between. In rock and roll, Elvis was and still is the king. Mahammad Ali is still the king of boxing, and in the game of golf, where there have been so many great players, only on man is called “The King”.
Arnold Palmer was born In Latrobe PA in 1929, his father Deacon Palmer was head pro and greenskeeper at Latrobe Country Club where the young Palmer followed his father around and learned the game.
Arnold attended Wake Forrest University until the untimely death of his best friend Bud Worsham, he then dropped out of school and enlisted in the Coast Guard. After Palmer’s discharge, he returned to golf and in 1954 he won the US amateur. Arnold turned pro in 1955 and his blue-collar charismatic style fit perfectly with the expansion of television. During his 18 year career on the PGA tour, Palmer amassed 62 wins including 7 majors. Between 1958 and 1967, he virtually owned the Masters tournament, winning 4 times and never finishing out of the top 5.
Palmer’s fans became known as “Arnie’s Army” and Arnold was dubbed “The King” by them.
You may not be able to play golf like the King, but with a little help from the pros at Classic Swing Golf School in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, you may end up feeling like one the next time you break 100.