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Tom Edrington

Tom Edrington spent the first 10 years of his misguided youth as a sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. His career brought him face to face with many of sports greatest stars -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, countless Hall of Fame NFL stars, more PGA Tour players than he can count. In 1980 he was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for writing the best news story that year, his coverage of Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open victory at Baltusrol. Today, 36 years later, golf is still a great part of his life, thanks to competitive playing days and the wonderful people he has met on this fabulous journey.

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    My wife and I volunteered at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic the last year it was played as that event. We stayed in a house at the Palmer Residences on the course. While walking back to our house after the days work manning a through board my wife and her friends passed Arnold on the course. They were quite excited to see him and he noticed, came over and spoke with them for a few minutes, signed autographs and then carried on with his day. What class, he could have just walked on by but that wasn’t Arnold. He was one of the greats.

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      Tom Edrington

      Arnold would finish a round and sign until everyone had his autograph…..he was an incredible guy — most of all, he cared and it showed in how he conducted himself….your story is all Arnold through and through! Thanks for sharing!

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