PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Arnold Palmer was a Pennsylvania guy, who never forgot his Keystone State roots, even at the height of his career.
The legendary golfer known as “The King” died on Sunday, but Palmer’s imprint on golf locally can still be seen.
Palmer, a native of Latrobe, designed courses on the eastern side of the state at Blue Bell and Horsham country clubs.
“Arnold Palmer meant more to the game of golf and the growth of the game of golf during his prime than anyone could ever imagine,” says longtime KYW Newsradio anchor Harry Donahue.
Donahue – who also hosts a golf show on Comcast SportsNet — says he was always struck by Palmer’s humility:
“He was just a genuine guy. As good as he was and as well-known as he was, he would reach out to anybody and talk to them about the game of golf.”
Palmer also designed the course at Laurel Creek Country Club in Mt. Laurel.
While stationed in the Coast Guard at Cape May, Palmer was known to play quite a few rounds in Wildwood.