You loved the three-part Arnie documentary so much -- you wanted to be a part of the fourth installment.
Arnie & Me provides a new look at Arnold Palmer through the lens of the people who matter the most - the fans who have filled the ranks of Arnie's Army for more than fifty years.
Premiering Tuesday, March 17 at 10pm ET on Golf Channel, Arnie & Me showcases homemade movies, personal anecdotes and memories submitted by the fans of one of the most beloved figures in the history of golf.
Stories featured are emotionally heartfelt and funny – in some cases both – as told from a soldier who, with his Army comrades, started “Arnie’s Army” to a Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning.
The producers of Arnie & Me sifted through more than a thousand videos that were submitted for the project, ultimately, deciding on approximately 40 stories – including:
• While stationed at the Army base in Fort Gordon, Ga., in 1959, Edward Batta (Roseland, N.J.) was looking for a way to get out of duty, so he volunteered to hold the gallery ropes at the Masters. The press wrote about how the soldiers cheered for Palmer and, thus, began the legion of fans now known as “Arnie’s Army.”
• As a youngster, Skip Manning (Denver, Colo.) captured the visor Palmer famously flung into the air after sinking the clinching putt at the 1960 U.S. Open. He became keeper of the visor until he later donated it to the United States Golf Association Museum.
• William Murray’s (Long Beach, Calif.) father looked forward to playing in a pro-am with Palmer. So much so that he delayed needed surgery, fully knowing his decision could cause him serious health issues. Luckily, he received good news in the end.
• Sandy Fenton (Thousand Palms, Calif.) humorously recalls her mother’s preference for keepsakes, including always carrying in her wallet a photo of Arnold Palmer and the family dog, but no photo of her.
• Dan Callahan (New York, N.Y.) recalls being moved by the speech Palmer delivered to his Wake Forest University football team prior to the 2007 Orange Bowl.
• While playing golf with his father at Latrobe Country Club, a young Eric Hegedus (Pittsburgh, Pa.) hit an errant shot that landed on an adjacent tee box where Palmer stood. Arnie took the time to coach him to hit what became Eric’s best shot of the day.
Tuesday, March 17 from 7-11PM ET on Golf Channel
“Arnie & His Army” (7PM ET) – Part one recalls the people who influenced Palmer and instilled the values of integrity and human kindness that helped make him the man he has become both on and off the golf course, with special tribute to his parents Deacon and Doris.
“Arnie & His Majors” (8PM ET) – Part two remembers Palmer’s competitive career, his go-for-broke style and his ups and downs at golf’s major championships.
“Arnie & His Legacy” (9PM ET) – Part three delves into the legacy of Arnold Palmer and his influence on popular culture, which stretches way beyond the links.
“Arnie & Me” (10PM ET) – A new, concluding installment featuring personal stories about Arnold Palmer.