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April 19, 2012
Arnold Palmer and Tom Ridge to Receive Honorary Degrees at 2012 Allegheny College Commencement Ceremony
In its 197th year, Allegheny College will award honorary doctorates to two distinguished Pennsylvanians - Arnold Palmer and Tom Ridge - at the college’s 2012 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12.
“Allegheny College is honored that two such distinguished individuals as Arnold Palmer and Tom Ridge will be joining our community of scholars for this year’s commencement,” said Allegheny College President James H. Mullen Jr. “They embody the values that Allegheny has represented for almost 200 years. They are Pennsylvanians who have achieved the highest levels of national and international greatness while always remaining true to their Pennsylvania roots.
“To have either one of these amazing Pennsylvanians on the graduation platform with us would be an honor, but to have these two dear friends together is a special privilege,” added Mullen.
Ridge and Palmer became close friends during Ridge’s tenure as Pennsylvania governor. They golf together frequently and Ridge has even caddied for Palmer. Ridge has made joining Palmer at his Bay Hill golf tournament an annual tradition.
One of the greatest athletes of the 20th century, Arnold Palmer is known for having set the highest bar of excellence, sportsmanship and generosity in competition and public life. He amassed 92 championships in professional competition of national or international stature. Sixty-two of the victories came on the U.S. PGA Tour, starting with the 1955 Canadian Open. Seven of his victories came in what the golfing world considers the four major professional championships. He won the Masters Tournament four times, in 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964; the U.S. Open in 1960; and the British Open in 1961 and 1962.
Highly successful as a businessman and entrepreneur, Palmer is president of Latrobe Country Club and of the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla., which hosts the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard, on the PGA Tour. In 1999 Palmer and a group of investors purchased the famed Pebble Beach golf complex. Since the mid-1960s, he has helped design about 300 new courses throughout the world.
He played a major role in the fund-raising drive in the 1980s that led to the creation of the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women and the Arnold Palmer Medical Center in Orlando.
Palmer received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009. He has received virtually every national award in golf and is a charter member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and the PGA Hall of Fame.
The Commencement ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on Bentley Hall lawn. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the Wise Center Sports Forum. Tickets are required for admission only if the ceremony is held in the Wise Center.
Posted by scurry at 03:16 PM
April 12, 2012
Arnold Palmer's Guide to the Majors 2012
Following its successful launch in the United States last year, Arnold Palmer’s Guide to the Majors is coming to the United Kingdom this summer.
It is now more than 50 years since Arnold Palmer founded the concept of the modern majors during a convivial conversation with a journalist friend on a flight over to Scotland to play in the 1960 Open at St Andrews.
Over the past half-century, the game has mushroomed in importance and popularity, largely due to the ever-increasing public focus on the game’s four Major championships.
In celebration of this flowering tradition, golf fans can enjoy more than 170 pages of articles, including interviews with all the reigning Major champions, previews of this year’s championships and the host courses, historical and reflective features by leading golf writers from both the UK and USA, a statistical roll-call of every Major championship winner since 1860, and a first-person interview with the man himself: Arnold Palmer.
This definitive guide to the four most prominent tournaments in the game of golf – the Masters, US Open, The Open and PGA Championship guide will go on sale in W.H. Smith and other leading newsagents in early June at £5.95 a copy. A copy will also be presented, as part of their paid-for entry, to each person who attends next month’s Golf Live event at the London Golf Club (18-20 May) as a personal gift from Mr. Palmer.
“The game’s four majors are an endless source of fascination to me, and it is with considerable pride that I commend to you a publication bearing my name that will be available at news-stands throughout the country from late May onwards-Arnold Palmer’s Guide to the Majors 2012. The first issue of this publication came out last year here in the US and was deemed a great success, and I’m sure the 2012 edition will be equally compelling.”
Published on both sides of the Atlantic by specialist golf and luxury-lifestyle media house TMC USA, the guide will also be available for purchase through apple on IPAD and has its own website, www.themajorsofgolf.com
Edited by golf industry veteran Paul Trow, the guide’s publisher is Matthew Squire and the contributors include Bill Elliott, current chairman of the Association of Golf Writers, the BBC’s golf correspondent Iain Carter, Mark Garrod (Press Association), James Corrigan (The Independent), Clive Agran, Andy Farrell, Colin Callander, Peter Swain and Dominic Pedler (all Golf International), Adam Hathaway (Sunday People), Paul Mahoney (Golf magazine), Ben Evans (Golf Business Development), Robin Barwick (SGB Golf), authors Martin Vousden and Ross Biddescombe, and distinguished American writers Bob Harig, Art Spander, Jack Ross, Chris Rodell and Tony Dear.
With considerable in-store promotional budget, the magazine will be clearly available in numerous high-street outlets, predominantly WH Smith and Sainsbury’s. Due to the exploits of four recent Major winners (Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington), the guide will be prominently displayed in Ireland.
In addition, the Swing for Sammy charity, which benefits Cancer Research UK, the Royal Marsden and St Mark’s Hospitals, MacMillan Nurses, and the North London and Weald (Tunbridge Wells) hospices, will receive a percentage of the net copy sales income.
TMC USA www.tmcusallc.com
Posted by scurry at 03:39 PM
April 04, 2012
PALMER AT THE 2012 MASTERS
Arnold Palmer's string of consecutive playing appearances in the Masters Tournament ended at 50 when he competed for a final time in the 2004 championship, but Arnold Palmer flew into Augusta, Georgia, again yesterday, a stop he has made every year since 1955.
As he did last year, Palmer attended the Champions Dinner Tuesday in the historic Augusta National clubhouse. Charl Schwartzel, the defending champion, hosted the dinner, at which virtually all of the living former winners of the classic event, playing or non-playing, gathered.
Palmer serves as an Honorary Starter on Thursday, April 5, with his long-time rivals and friends Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, each hitting tee shots at 7:40 a.m. ET on the first tee to launch the 2012 Masters.
In a seven-year stretch from 1960-1966, only Player, Palmer and Nicklaus won the Masters: three by Palmer, three by Nicklaus and one victory by Player.
Palmer is just the sixth person to serve as Honorary Starter in the long history of the Masters, which began in 1934. Jock Hutchison and Fred McLeod inaugurated the role in 1963. Byron Nelson and Gene Sarazen took over in 1981 and Ken Venturi filled in for Nelson in 1983. Sam Snead joined Nelson and Sarazen in 1984. The position was vacant since Snead died following the 2002 Masters until the 2007 event when Palmer assumed the role for the first time.
"As you know, Augusta is one of my favorite places and the Masters has meant so much to me personally throughout my career. I have always been treated so warmly there by the patrons. I hope in some way I can show my gratitude to the fans who have followed and supported me these many years” said Palmer.
Visit www.masters.com for information.
Posted by scurry at 10:35 AM