Monday, September 26, 2016

Golf Writers Association of America, United States Golf Association on Arnold Palmer's Passing

"There’s not a golf writer on the planet who can type the words 'Arnold Palmer' without a warm memory or timeless encounter coming to mind. He was generous and giving, and exhibited great patience to those of us holding pens and notepads who were seeking a story. He always delivered.

"Those of us who were privileged to sit in on Mr. Palmer’s annual 'state of the union' addresses to kick off the week at his beloved tournament at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla., never will forget them. They were filled with life lessons, incredible stories and many laughs. Our most sincere and caring thoughts go out to his family at this time. From Mr. Palmer’s many friends at the Golf Writers Association of America, we wish you peace and strength for the days and months ahead. It’s a sad day for our game. There never will be another like him. Godspeed, Mr. Palmer."

– Jeff Babineau, GWAA President

"With heavy hearts, we mourn the loss of Arnold and recognize his life and legacy, remembering his great championship moments and his incredible humility. We are grateful for his contributions to the USGA as a champion for the game, our member program and our museum, which is named after him.  He always had a twinkle in his eye, and a smile of encouragement for all of us. His history is our history, and  his impact on the game transcends generations.”

– Diana Murphy, USGA President

“Arnold never wavered in his love for the game, from his time as an amateur until my last visit with him a few weeks ago. His legacy reaches far beyond his playing career, as a lifelong ambassador for our sport. It is hard to think of anyone who had done more for golf. The game is better because of him, and in many ways will never be the same.”

– Mike Davis, USGA Executive Director/CEO

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