As an avid golfer, I have always been an admirer of Arnold Palmer both as a world-class golfer and fellow veteran. He is sorely missed at this year's Masters golf tournament in Augusta, GA.
For the first time since 2006, The Masters will not be kicked off by golf legend and Coast Guard Veteran Arnold Palmer. Palmer passed away in September of 2016, leaving behind a legacy of remarkable sportsmanship. He touched the world not only through his mastery of golf, but also through The Arnold Palmer Foundation and Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation.
Chairman Billy Payne and Palmer’s widow, Kit Palmer, laid Arnold’s folded green jacket on an empty white lawn chair the opening of the 81st Masters at Augusta, a reminder of his absence. The crowd observed a moment of silence to honor the golf legend before Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus tearfully hit the ceremonial tee shots.
Veterans Advantage awarded Arnold Palmer our TopVet Award in 2014 for his accomplishments in business, and HeroVet in 2016 for his excellence in business and contributions to society, especially for the health of women and children. The “King” will be greatly missed.