"Arnie's Army" on the March Again

USA TODAY, April 2005 | Go to article overview

"Arnie's Army" on the March Again


Long before the game of golf was given over to the immodest, foul-mouthed likes of Tiger Woods and his ilk, it was Arnold Palmer who almost singlehandedly popularized the sport with his mass appeal some 50 years ago. Palmers swashbuckling, go-for-broke style, combined with an aggressive, somewhat-failing swing, plus movie-star looks and charisma, immediately made him a star like no other.

"I always said if they put a flagstick on a limb of a tree, he'd figure out a way to get the ball to stop on the limb," said golfing great Billy Casper.

Bobby Jones, another legend of the links, agreed: "If I ever had to have one putt to win a title for me, I'd rather have Arnold Palmer hit it ... than anybody I ever saw."

Byron Nelson, meanwhile, admired the tenacious Palmer for his determination. "You knew that if there was someone on the golf course like Arnold, it's never over. You couldn't help but be impressed by how driven he was to win"

Added Jack Nicklaus, one of only three men with more PGA tour wins than Palmer, "Arnold was not a good driver. And he kept having to hit it out of the trees and out of the woods--but he kept making the shots. People loved him because he won doing that."

Arnold Palmer was born in 1929 in Latrobe, Pa. His father was the superintendent at Latrobe Country Club, where the Palmer family lived off the sixth hole. Palmer now owns the course.

When he was 17, Palmer won five West Penn Amateur Championships. At Wake Forest, he was a top collegiate player before withdrawing from school--and joining the Coast Guard--following the death of a close friend. After his three-year hitch, he won the 1954 U.S. Amateur Championship. A few months later, he turned pro.

Palmer's first triumph in a "major" was the 1958 Masters. The name for Palmers intensely loyal legion of fans--Arnie's Army--originated at this tournament. Soldiers from a nearby Army base attended, many holding homemade signs to show their support for the popular golfer, and the name stuck. His "Army" also saw him take the Masters in 1960, 1962, and 1964.

Palmer's most dramatic and memorable victory just may have been the 1960 U.S. Open in which he erased a seven-stroke deficit in the final round--a tournament record. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

"Arnie's Army" on the March Again
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.