Monday, 26 September 2016

Farewell to Arnie

Looking towards The Swilken Bridge
     St Andrews in Scotland like the rest of the golfing world will  today be in mourning, after hearing of the death of Arnold Palmer yesterday.

    However, St Andrews and the British Open Championship have a lot to thank Palmer for. The golfing great visited the historic town in 1960 to take part in the centenary year of the championship and while he didn't win, he most certainly helped put the tournament on the map.

    St Andrews and its Old Course were of course already on the map. But the university there, recognised Arnold's sporting achievements and gave him an Honorary Doctorate in 2010.

    Three years later, on the university's 600th anniversary, they introduced their first ever golf scholarship. The golfer happily endorsed it and the, Arnold Palmer Scholarship, came to fruition. The university being one of only two in the world which can award students, with this prestigious titled program. This program allows both male and female students from all over the world to combine their talent for golf and academic studies. A great stepping stone for anyone.

    ARNOLD DANIEL PALMER September 10, 1929 - September 25, 2016

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