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January 19, 2006
Palmer's Next Tournament -- Wendy's Champion Skins
Arnold Palmer will tee it up in February in the revamped Wendy's Champions Skins Game. Palmer, who will be playing for the 18th time since competing in the inaugural senior version of the TV-popular Skins Game in 1988, will team with Peter Jacobsen, a frequent team partner in the past. The event will be telecast from the Wailea Resort's Gold Course on the Hawaiian island of Maui by ESPN-TV from 6:30 to 11:00 EST on Monday, February 6. Arnold missed only the 1997 Senior Skins following his prostate cancer surgery and has played in more of those events than any other golfer.
The new format for the Wendy's Champions Skins Game features four star-studded teams, who will vie for the $770,000 purse in alternate-shot competition. Palmer and Jacobsen will be facing three other potent duos - Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, Gary Player and Hale Irwin and Raymond Floyd and Dana Quigley, the leading money-winner for the 2005 Champions Tour season. Interestingly, all four Hall-of-Famers who competed in the first-ever Skins Game in 1983 -- Palmer, Nickaus, Player and Watson -- will be playing at Wailea. Nicklaus is the defending champion.
The payoffs will be $30,000 per team for the first six holes, $40,000 for the next six, $50,000 for holes 13 through 17 and $100,000 for No. 18. Ten percent of each player's winnings will go to charity -- 5% to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and 5% to the charity of his choice.
This will be the 22nd time that Palmer and Jacobsen will play in a sanctioned team event as partners. Arnold has won $1,205,000 in senior skins events over the years.
Posted by dgiffin at 09:45 AM
January 11, 2006
Bay Hill Invitational Presented by MasterCard Supports Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
With Arnold Palmer Hospital's national reputation for medical excellence, it is difficult to remember that just a few years ago, children and women in Central Florida who needed highly specialized medical care had no alternative than to travel to other cities for treatment. This began to change in the mid-1980s when a small group of physicians, community leaders, and Orlando Regional Healthcare came together with a vision for a world-class children's hospital.
They began their project by inviting Arnold and Winnie Palmer, known for their love of children, to tour to children's wing at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Arnold Palmer agreed to share his name with the new children's hospital - with the challenge that everyone involved strive to make it the best. The Palmers also began their significant financial support, however this was only the beginning of their involvement.
On September 10, 1989, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women opened, and in 16 years it has earned a reputation as one of the leading hospitals of its kind in the Southeast and the nation. It is a special place, offering an uncommonly personal environment that nurtures the mind, body and spirit as an integral part of the healing process.
Throughout the years, the Palmers created a legacy - not only in their personal giving but also in continued advocacy, championing the hospital and its mission as well as giving their time and energies. Arnold and Winnie Palmer spoke at community events and named Arnold Palmer Hospital as the principal charitable beneficiary of the Bay Hill Invitational presented by MasterCard. The Bay Hill Club also supports the hospital by hosting the yearly fundraiser known as Champions for Children, held in October.
Winnie Palmer also volunteered as honorary chairman of Kids Are the Responsibility of Everyone (K.A.R.E.), led tours, established an annual Halloween parade for the young patients, and served on the Foundation's board of directors until her death in 1999. In recent years Arnold Palmer has created the National Advisory Council, comprised of friends, family, and business acquaintances, to promote and support Arnold Palmer Hospital.
The Palmer legacy invites others in to love the children, volunteer alongside staff, give generously, and remain as dedicated to the mission as those that first held its vision. The dream of bringing world-class healthcare to our community for babies, children and women, born just twenty years ago, is thriving as others, just as passionate and committed, continue the legacy of excellence, caring and selfless giving that Arnold and Winnie Palmer have so generously shared with the community.
The 2006 Bay Hill Invitational presented by MasterCard is scheduled for the week of March 13-19, featuring defending champion Kenny Perry and many others from among the world's highest-ranking golfers. For further information, log on to the tournament web site, www.bayhillinvitational.com, or call the Bay Hill ticket office at 407-876-7774, toll free at 1-866-764-4843. Tournament proceeds benefit the Arnold Palmer Hospital
Posted by scurry at 11:06 AM