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September 28, 2005
Old Tractor Gets Companion
Thanks to the ingenuity and persistence of Commissioner Tim Finchem and the PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer's antique tractor of Pennzoil commercials fame has a worthy companion sitting by its side in the memorabilia warehouse at Latrobe Country Club. Seeking a unique gift for Palmer for his 76th birthday, Finchem launched a search for a duplicate of the 1922 Fordson tractor that Arnold's father, Deacon (Deke) Palmer, used to mow fairways in the early years at Latrobe CC. His son learned to drive before he was in his teens wrestling that vehicle around the club grounds.
The Tour's search party found their quarry in West Gardiner, Maine, a man by the name of Don Clough, who restores old tractors and other such machinery, and commissioned him to dress up and put into working order a 1922 Fordson that he had in his possession. The result was a spiffed up, bright and shiny red tractor with huge, wide steel wheels with more than a hundred 1 1/4-inch bolts embedded in the surfaces for traction. It crank-starts with gasoline, runs on kerosene and has no brakes. Finchem and his wife, Holly, surprised Arnold with the birthday tractor when they flew to Latrobe for an overnight visit with the Palmers.
The celebrated tractor that Arnold drove through so many Pennzoil commercials is a later-vintage (1947) Toro with rubber tires
Posted by dgiffin at 02:02 PM
September 21, 2005
Arnold Co-Hosts Top Shelf Wednesdays with Vince Cellini from Latrobe Country Club
Arnold Palmer Co-Hosts Top Shelf Wednesdays with Vince Cellini from Latrobe Country Club. Arnold takes us through some of his favorite and historic spots at the Country Club he and his father helped build. From the carved statue (out of a pine tree) of his father Deacon off the 18th fairway, to the land he promised his late wife Winnie he would never develop, to the exact spot of the house in which he grew up. The emotion Arnold displays as he describes these places and the memories that cover 76 years are not to be missed! Arnold even brings out the famous Pennzoil tractor that is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Watch The King and his Jester (Vince) all night long starting at 7:30 pm Eastern!
- 7:30 PM/ET - 2003 Presidents Cup H/L
- 8:40 PM/ET - The Big Break IV: All Access-Ye Olde Golfe Channel
- 9:50 PM/ET - Grey Goose 19th Hole
- 10:30 PM/ET - The Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe
Starts Wednesday at 7:30 PM/ET!
Posted by scurry at 05:00 PM
September 14, 2005
Bay Hill Invitational Presented by MasterCard Makes $25K Donation to Hurricane Relief Fund
Tournament host Arnold Palmer announced today that the Bay Hill Invitational presented by MasterCard will make a $25,000 donation to assist the victims of the recent Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast.
The contribution from Palmer’s PGA Tour event at the Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Florida, will be directed to the U. S. Golf Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, which is a combined effort by the PGA Tour, PGA of America, United States Golf Association, Augusta National Golf Club, Golf Course Superintendents Association, and LPGA.
“Our thoughts and prayers recently have been with the people of Louisiana and Mississippi who have suffered so much because of Hurricane Katrina,” Palmer said. “We are extending our charitable contributions this year and joining with the other golf organizations to lend our support.”
The principal charitable beneficiary of the Bay Hill Invitational presented by MasterCard is the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women. The 28th annual tournament at the Bay Hill Club is scheduled for the week of March 13-19, 2006, featuring defending champion Kenny Perry and many others among the world’s highest-ranking golfers.
Posted by scurry at 10:20 AM
September 12, 2005
Wrestlemania XXVII: Tiger vs. Arnie
GOLFWEEK - Aug. 27, 2005 - In a recent article in Golfweek, Gary Player spoke out on a comment saying today's players are hitting longer because they're working out and are better athletes. The Black Knight answered with:
"Let me tell you something, Arnold Palmer would have beaten Tiger Woods in an arm wrestle. When Arnold was young, he lifted a gold bar (at a gold mine) in South Africa that no human being had ever done."
Player goes on to speak about the late long hitter George Bayer and how he averaged 320 yards with a lousy old wooden head and a steel shaft. Better athletes? Better watch out, the fiesty Black Knight will set you straight, and might twist you into a Figure 4 while he's at it.
Posted by scurry at 11:24 AM
Tune In and Watch! The Palmer Cup presented by Monster
The Golf Channel premiere telecast of the 2005 Palmer Cup presented by Monster is the night of Thursday, 9/22 from 8pm to 10pm. BSKYB in the UK and Ireland will be airing the Palmer Cup presented by Monster this Thursday night, 9/15. They will be airing on SKY2 three times that night and then in the morning on 9/16.
The United States dominated the final round singles matches of a competition that had been tied at the end of the previous three rounds to win the Palmer Cup presented by Monster at Whistling Straits The Irish. The Americans claimed the first six of the afternoon’s eight matches to defeat the Europeans 14-10. The victory was Team USA’s first since 2002 and moves the all-time series to 5-3-1.
Posted by scurry at 11:12 AM
September 05, 2005
Canada to Celebrate Palmer's First Pro Tour Win
"The Return of the King" is the theme around which golf officials in Toronto will stage a three-day fund-raising celebration marking the 50th anniversary of Arnold Palmer's first victory on the PGA Tour in the 1955 Canadian Open. The events will take place September 12-14 at the Weston Golf & Country Club, where Palmer scored the initial victory in a career that eventually saw him compile 92 wins throughout the world over the next three decades. The celebration, organized by the Greater Toronto Area Golfers' Association for its Greens & Dreams Fund, will have the Sick Kids Foundation as its major beneficiary. The primary events will be a pro-amateur tournament at Weston on September 12, a dinner that evening and the launch the next day of the "Kings & Queens Senior Amateur Championship," a new annual international tournament to be held at Weston each year. Marlene Stewart Streit, Canada's most prominent female amateur golfer, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame last November in Florida, will join Palmer in hitting ceremonial tee shots kicking off the Kings & Queens tournament on the 13th.
Posted by dgiffin at 12:00 AM
September 01, 2005
Palmer, Grandson Set for Father/Son Challenge
Arnold Palmer and his grandson, Sam Saunders, will team up for the third time in this year's Father/Son Challenge tournament the week of November 28 at ChampionsGate Golf Resort near Orlando, Florida. Saunders, a high school senior, is a scratch amateur, who was medalist in this year's U.S. Junior Amateur at Longmeadow Country Club in Massachusetts.
In the popular Father/Son Challenge, now in its 11th season, many of the game's greatest players join with their sons for two rounds of scramble competition on December 3 and 4 following pro-amateur events the two preceding days. The pros will be playing for a $1 million purse and the Willie Park Trophy on ChampionsGate's International course. Larry Nelson and his son, Drew, are the defending champions in the tournament, which will again be televised by NBC Sports.
Posted by dgiffin at 04:17 PM
Granddaughter's Wedding Makes Birthday Special
September 10 will be a very special birthday this year for Arnold Palmer. He will celebrate his 76th at the wedding of his granddaughter, Katherine Ann (Katie) Saunders, 23, to James Parker Spears at Lake Toxaway, North Carolina, the Saunders family's summer home. Their principle residence is in Windermere, Florida. Both the bride and groom are recent graduates of Clemson University, where they met. Palmer has seven grandchildren and Katie will be the first to marry. Send Mr. Palmer your birthday wishes on our Submit Your Story page and if your entry is selected to be posted on the website you will receive a special gift by mail.
Posted by dgiffin at 03:38 PM