Posted by: Jennifer | Posted on: September 26th, 2016 | 0 Comments
Arnold Palmer, one of the greatest and most popular players in the history of golf, was widely regarded as one of the best professional golfers of all time. He was also one of the most charismatic figures in all of sports, drawing loyal fans known as “Arnie’s Army,” who would follow him at tournaments.
He was nicknamed “The King” and had won the Masters four times and the British Open twice.
His 50th and last appearance at the Masters came in 2004 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush that same year. Palmer retired from professional golf two years later.
He stayed connected to golf by owning a golf club in Florida and consulting for the Golf Channel.
Outside of golf, Palmer was an avid pilot and his name is largely associated with his eponymous drink, which is a combination of iced tea and lemonade.
Career highlights of golf great Arnold Palmer
- Born on Sept. 10, 1929, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, the son of a country club professional/groundskeeper
- Quits college at Wake Forest after 1950 death of friend and golf team mate Bud Worsham in a car crash, and joins the U.S. Coast Guard, leading to a three-year break from golf.
- Returns to golf and wins the 1954 U.S. Amateur championship, and turns pro a few months later.
- Wins the 1955 Canadian Open for his first professional victory.
- Shoots to fame by winning 1958 Masters in Augusta, Georgia, making him the tournament’s youngest champion at the time and ends up as top money winner that year with $40,000.
- Between 1960 and 1963 wins 29 titles and takes home more than $400,000 in prize money.
- Wins his last major at the 1964 Masters, making him the first golfer to win the Masters four times (1958, 1960, 1962, 1964). It gives him seven major titles (including two British Opens and one U.S. Open).
- In 1968, becomes the first golfer to eclipse $1 million total purse winnings and goes on to claim 93 titles.
- One of sports’ all-time greatest pitchmen, by late 1990s is reported to be making more than $20 million in endorsements annually.
- Helps found Golf Channel with television entrepreneur Joe Gibbs as the first single-sport cable network in the United States.
Posted by: Jennifer | Posted on: September 13th, 2016 | 0 Comments
Ever watch a sporting event on TV and think “I really need to go to that someday?” Every sports fan has that thought at least a few times a year. There are some sporting events that just rise above all else in terms of prestige. Some of them are harder to attend than others, but they make for great live experiences due to their uniqueness and importance. The sports fan travel bucket list is something every sports fan tries to get through. The luckiest of all actually make it to all of the events. Here are the 5 trips every sports fan should make at some point in their life.
5. Waste Management Phoenix Open
Known as “The Greatest Show on Grass”, the Waste Management Phoenix Open sports the largest crowds on the PGA Tour. The event has gained legendary status for being unlike any other golf tournament. The 16th Hole is one of the most famous and well-known holes on the tour. Come tournament week the hole is completely transformed into a stadium with enough room to entertain 15,000 screaming fans. And the fun doesn’t stop there. When the sun sets and the golf game ends, the party heats up at the Coors Light Bird’s Nest. It has brought some of the biggest names in music over the years including, Kid Rock, Afrojack, Darius Rucker, and Rascal Flatts. For four nights the Bird’s Nest is the hottest nightclub in Scottsdale and carries a legendary status on the PGA Tour. Combine that with 132 of the top golfers on the PGA Tour including Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, and Phil Mickelson, just to name a few…no wonder this event has grown to what it is today!
4. Final Four (NCAA Basketball Championship)
It may seem odd that March Madness concludes in April, but there’s nothing odd about the excitement that surrounds the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Maybe it’s the office pools or maybe it’s enjoying basketball in a purer form than the NBA, but March Madness captures the nation for a full three weeks. It all comes to a head in April as the four surviving schools advance to the Final Four. While the quality of play has decreased slightly since the NCAA moved the tournament’s end from a basketball arena to a football stadium, the move allows more fans to enjoy the moment. That one shining moment sees one lucky team lift the trophy in the final.
3. Kentucky Derby
The first Saturday in May is synonymous with the Kentucky Derby. “The Run for the Roses” should be as good as any with 160,000+ fans cheering on whoever they wagered on. What makes the Derby great is not just that it’s the first of horse racing’s Triple Crown, but the upscale party atmosphere that surrounds the grounds. Between women in big hats, celebrities in classy attire, and a few mint julips, the Kentucky Derby will always have an aura about it unlike any other sporting event. Don’t blink or you’ll miss “the most exciting two minutes in sports” at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. You don’t have to experience it at an extreme cost, however, as you can fly into close by Cincinnati, drive to Kentucky, stay in the suburbs of Louisville, and enjoy the race from the infield. Whether you want to gaze at the crowd in the grandstand or enjoy the party in the infield, there’s a place for you to take in one of America’s great traditions.
2. Super Bowl
The Super Bowl is the most watched sporting event every year in the United States and that should be no surprise. Americans love the NFL and they devote fall and early winter Sundays to watching football. The season peaks on the first Sunday in February as America stops to watch the Super Bowl. A much smaller subset of that group actually gets to see it in person at a rotating venue from year to year. The game itself may be full of many corporate clients, but that can’t take away from how special the event is. There’s plenty of pomp and circumstance to go with some quality entertainment performing at halftime. The parties during the week leading up to the Super Bowl make attending a Super Bowl even more enjoyable. There aren’t many other events of which you could tell your friends that you went and receive a more positive reaction.
1. The Masters
Every golf fan needs to experience the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia at some point in their life. Every sports fan should experience it for that matter. It’s so glorious that even the practice rounds and the Par 3 contest at Augusta National Golf Club draw great crowds. Major reasons for the attention the Masters receives are the exclusivity of the event and the price of tickets to attend the rounds of the first major tournament during early April. You’ll likely never get to play the course, but walking around places like Amen Corner or the 18th hole are memories you’ll have for a lifetime. Enjoy a pimento cheese sandwich and take in sports at its purest.