Wake Forest to erect statue of Arnold Palmer

Arnoldpalmer_dougbencgettyWake Forest University will bestow another honor on its most famous former athlete. According to John Dell of the Winston-Salem Journal, Arnold Palmer's alma mater will erect a statue of The King at the golf facility that already bears his name. The Demon Deacons alum has been active in supporting the school's athletic program, having helped redesign the facility in 2010.
With characteristic humility, the seven-time major winner -- who was in so many ways responsible for the popularization of the sport in the '50s and 60s -- wondered if he even merited such treatment.
"It's nice that they are doing that," Palmer said. "I'm not sure that it is really deserved. Still, I can't wait to see it and to thank everyone who has had something to do with it."
Palmer attended Wake Forest on a golf scholarship, becoming the first ACC individual golf champion in 1954 before turning pro later that year. (Photo: Doug Benc / Getty Images)

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by Kevin Cunningham