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API Pays Tribute to The King at BayHill PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno

 

Before we describe just how impactful the 2017 version of the Arnold Palmer

Invitational was to the golfing world and America, let me confess one intimately

selfish thought - I've covered the Arnold Palmer Invitational for several years now

(it was the first PGA Tour event that granted my media credential) and because

of Mr.Palmer and all that he stood for, I believe it's an obligation as a golf writer to

be there, it was and still is an honor to be granted admission into Arnie's house . . .

Somehow our paths never crossed - Back in 2014 I was planning on putting

in a request for some one on one time with The King. I procrastinated, and

focused my time and efforts on the players and the competition (as Arnie

would have wanted), but when I drove out of BayHill that year and headed

back to West Palm I had a gut feeling that I had missed my opportunity.

I called my wife with a lump in my throat "I think I missed my window," I

said. Shari chimed back, "What are you talking about?" "I have a feeling

that any chance for that handshake and a few minutes of one on one time

just won't be there in the future," I said back. She did what any good wife

does and said what I needed to hear "I'm sure it'll happen for you, drive safely

- see you in a few hours."

I somehow knew that I missed out on meeting the one person that meant so

much to so many around the world (including myself) and for all of the right

reasons. Sure enough, Mr.Palmer's health took a turn in the wrong direction

by the next time the API rolled around and my gut feeling was reality. Never

had the face to face, and to be honest it's my only regret in the game. It sounds

trite but "seize the day" - #ArnieWould

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


When Mr.Palmer passed in September of 2016, very few of us were on

hand for the services in Latrobe, so for the World of Golf the 2017 Arnold

Palmer Invitational served as a gathering of #ALifeWellPlayed. Please enjoy

our celebration through images from this year's event at Bayhill, and if you

feel about The King the way that I did - feel free to share these images with

those who might enjoy them as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One evening as I was driving out of BayHill I glanced over and saw one

of the many banners with an Arnie quote, certainly the world was better

place with him in it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pros gathering for a ceremonial tee off dedicated to AP on the range on

Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last time we saw anything like this was in dedication to Payne Stewart

at Pebble Beach in 2000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of the players carried the umbrella logo on their bags and Stitch did a

great job of supplying headcovers with AP's Umbrella logo, Henrik's bag might

have been our favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of D.Hauser

Rory and Lucas Glover about to tee off for the final round. Both had

a good showing but came up just short Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Len Ziehm Chicago Golf Writer for over 40 years is a total class act, and has

become a good friend. If you've been a golf enthusiast for any period of time,

you've read Len's fine work. Somehow, by chance we bumped into each other

again, right in front of the new statue of AP. Made for a perfect photo op. Through

his travels of covering golf Len had spent plenty of time around Mr.Palmer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This plaque sits beside the new 13 ft statue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodnight King

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BayHill has a very intimate feel, perhaps more so than any other tour stop.

You can dine on the patio just a few feet away from where the tour professionals

work on their game. See the view below . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you sit on the patio having breakfast or lunch, this is the view - not

too shabby. As a media member this is the best place to hang during the

week, the practice green is where most of the best conversations between

equipment reps, caddies and players takes place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Day ripping driver early on a cold Wednesday morning before his

Pro-am round. We posted a short video of this on Instagram and it has

been viewed nearly 12k times. Who knew?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was announced by Alastair Johnston that the media area at BayHill

will forever be known as the Doc Giffin Media Center. Doc Giffin was

Mr.Palmer's personal assistant for over 50 years - because of health

issues and poor weather in the Latrobe area, Mr.Giffin wasn't able to

attend this year's API.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I ran into Alastair Johnston (pictured above) coming out of the media

center one evening and before I was able to express what a fantastic job

the entire staff had done, he looked at me and said, "Thank You so much

for being here, it means the world to us." No wonder AP relied on him for

so much, Class act.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arnold Palmer foundation met with the media to discuss the weeks events

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coutesy of D.Hauser

The Fans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All week Arnie's spot on the range looked proper . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coutesy of D.Hauser

As was his usual spot between 16 tee and the 18th fairway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two fine gents - PGA Tour Media Director of Communications Mark Williams

conducts the Q&A early in the week with Graeme McDowell who served as

one of the Co-hosts at the 2017 API.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The newest tradition at the Arnold Palmer Invitational is the cardigan sweater

(a trademark of Arnie's attire) that will be awarded to the Champion each year.

A nice touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy D.Hauser

Aussie Marc Leishman is the first API Champion since the King's passing. He's worthy

of the red cardigan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symbols of "A Life Well Played" that we're paying forward to a lucky

Arnie fan this week via Twitter and Instagram. #ArnieWould

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
A Journey to Myrtle Beach & Kiawah Island Resort PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno

It's been hectic on this end lately with recent trips to Myrtle Beach (see our

feature on Mystical Golf in the Course Reviews/Travel section) and Kiawah

Island Resort (feature coming soon). One Dec.5th we head to Sebring, Florida

for the Citrus Golf Trail Media Classic and then it's off to the PGA Merchandise

in January.

 

Along the way, I've met some very impressive journalists, few as impressive

as Hank Gola (who worked for over two decades for the N.Y Daily News

covering the PGA Tour and N.Y Giants football) and Trent Bouts from Victoria,

Australia who now writes for Golf Business Magazine and resides with his

family in Greenville, South Carolina. Hank no longer is with the Daily News,

he is presently working on a book about the epic 1939 High School Football

Championship game between Garfield High (N.J) and Miami High School. After

hearing Hank speak passionately on the subject, I'm looking forward to reading

it. David Wood (from Buffalo PR) was the host of the event and set up Trent

Bouts and I as one of the two man teams in the Mystical Golf media field.

We played fairly well "ham & egg'n" our way around the 54 hole event finishing

2nd out of a dozen teams in the gross division. More importantly, we got on

really well (at least from my perspective), instantly hitting it off on golf and

other worldly topics that I won't mention here in this medium.

 

 

Next it was on to Kiawah, one of my favorite places in America, and not just

for golf purposes. The all around beauty of the place is captivating. The resort

amenities and service are as good as anyplace I've ever traveled to. Our first

evening on the Island we dined at Jasmine Porch restaurant - an absolute must

for anyone visiting the Island.

 

 

 

On the Ocean Course the following morning, the buzz of taking on the challenge

of one the world's best layouts is an adrenaline rush every time. The caddies at

the resort are spot on, and my playing partners: Dave from Canada, Dave from

West Virginia and Butch from parts unknown all met on the 1st tee for our 7:46

tee time. The guys were all a blast to play with on a perfect autumn day of 61

degrees. I certainly didn't have the "A Game", but it mattered not - it was the

best of days.

 

 

 

The newly renovated Jack Nicklaus Turtle Point course was my next stop

among the Kiawah rotation. This was a solo round and since it was after the

walk on the Ocean Course (and lunch in the Ryder Cup restaurant), I mostly

took notes and photos as I flew around the tight, firm and fast layout. A

fantastic dinner with the Mrs. at Tomasso's (Kiawah's Italian cuisine restaurant)

followed and it didn't disappoint.

 

 

 


My last round of the South Carolina journey of 6 rounds in 5 days was on

Fazio's Osprey Point course at Kiawah Resort. The group I was fortunate

to tee it up with: Jim Leonard from Cleveland along with Gary from

Charleston and his pal Phil from Chicago . . . it was as good as playing

with my buddies back home in West Palm. I finally holed some putts on

the back nine coming home with an inward 34 (a solid 73). We closed out

our last evening of the voyage having dinner at Cherrywood BBQ Ale House.

Delicious.

 

 

 

 

Leaving Kiawah is always a tough chore, what a place, but our trek back home

included an afternoon in Savannah. Lunch with the Mrs. at one of my favorites -

Vic's on The River (The Zambos Brothers introduced me to the place back in 2011),

and a stroll through the historical streets and sites of a charming southern town.

 

 

We arrived back at the home compound late that evening, and was already

looking forward to the next golf trip. In fact, our next adventure will take place

at the Citrus Trail Media Golf event in Sebring, Florida which starts on December

5th.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 


 
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