University of Michigan golfer Nick Carlson received a special treat when he returned to Oakland Hills Country Club - where he works and where he competed in the U.S. Amateur in August.
It was a three-paragraph letter from Arnold Palmer congratulating Carlson for making it to the semifinals in the U.S. Am. Palmer had sent the letter Sept. 8, a few weeks before he died Sept. 25 at the age of 87. Carlson finally received it Oct. 7 and posted a photo of it on Twitter.
The Army lives on. Thank you Mr. Palmer. pic.twitter.com/gYoBqXFDQi— Nick Carlson (@CarlsonNickJ) October 7, 2016
"Keep up the good playing," Palmer wrote. "I wish you the very best in whatever pursuit you choose to follow in the future."
Carlson, 20, made an unlikely run to reach the U.S. Amateur semifinals in his home state, entering the event ranked No. 1,981 in the world amateur rankings.
"Utter shock, really," Carlson told The Detroit News on Thursday. "Like, I never expected it. It's just something really cool and almost a priceless moment, in my opinion."
Carlson told the newspaper he has since framed the letter.