Nick Carlson reacts after hitting his approach shot to the 11th green during the semifinal match against Curtis Luck in the U.S. Amateur Championship.
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Friday, October 14, 2016

A University of Michigan golfer who was a semifinalist in the U.S. Amateur Championship recently received a letter of congratulations from the great Arnold Palmer, several days after Palmer passed away.

Nick Carlson seemingly came from nowhere to contend at the U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills in August. He came into the tournament ranked 1,981st on the World Amateur list. Although he didn't win, it was an impressive achievement for the sophomore's first USGA event.

Carlson said he returned to the golf course he works at to find mail waiting for him--one of Arnold Palmer's famous notes of congratulations, signed with his characteristic signature. "Keep up the good playing," he wrote. The letter was mailed in early September, a few weeks before Palmer's death. See below for the full letter:

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