Palmer Receives Collegiate Honor


SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Arnold Palmer will be honored by the Southern Conference, the league in which he starred as a college golfer more than a half-century ago.
The conference will name its new meeting room the Arnold Palmer Boardroom when it moves later this month to its new Beaumont Mill headquarters.
Palmer wrote the league to accept the honor, telling commissioner Danny Morrison that he was 'delighted and flattered.'
'I have always been proud of my two Southern Conference golf titles, which helped launch my career after college,' Palmer wrote.
Palmer won seven major titles and 60 events on the PGA Tour. His charisma won the adoration of golf fans who called themselves 'Arnie's Army,' and relished his go-for-broke style.
While in college at Wake Forest, Palmer was the medalist in the 1948 and 1949 Southern Conference championships. Wake Forest was a league member from 1936 until leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953.
Palmer nearly made it three titles in a row, finishing a stroke behind Harvie Ward of North Carolina at the 1950 conference tournament.
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