Remembering The King

I never had the opportunity to meet Arnold Palmer in person. But I feel like I knew him. It seems that Arnold Palmer has been part of my life ever since I can remember. I started golfing at the age of two and his name was always somewhere. Whether it was on a drink, in the newspaper, on television, or even on my ball marker. His name has been in my life for a long time. It was not until the past couple of years that I took golf seriously and people began to ask me who my favorite golfer was. I didn't have an answer for these people. It took me over a year to finally realize who my favorite golfer was. It was, still is, and always will be, Arnold Palmer. Everything about him drew me in. It was everything I heard about him through television and magazines. It was how cool he dressed, how he was so strong, his aggressive style of play, how he made each fan feel special, etc. I do not ever remember hearing something negative about him. I wanted to know everything there was to know about him. I watched the shows on golf channel, Arnie. I read about him on the internet, in magazines, and books. After learning so much about the man, I felt as if I knew him. He made an impact on me without even meeting me. If there was one golfer I wanted to meet more than any other, it was him. I wanted so dearly to meet him before he left us. On September 25, 2016, I was in Louisiana for a golf tournament with my school. I was putting in the hotel room when one of my teammates saw the news on his phone. I immediately turned golf channel on and Rich Lerner was in tears talking about his life and calling people that knew him. I was devastated to learn about this. I felt as if my grandpa had died again. It hit me hard, having not even met him. I played the golf tournament with the letters "AP" on my golf ball. I will always play with those letters now. I miss The King, and prayers have been sent out to his family. I believe he is one of a kind and no one else will ever match him on any level. Arnold Palmer is a vision of not only golf excellence, but a vision of a great man. I am thankful that I play this game so that I may feel somewhat connected to him. I know I will meet him one day. But for now, I will always remember The King, Mr. Arnold Palmer.