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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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    Pebble Beach: When The AT&T Was A Real Clambake

    Went to my first one in 1965…No gallery ropes…I was 14 and very new to the game…On the 18th fairway at The Monterey Peninsula CC, Jack Nicklaus was about ready to hit his second shot. The man that was with my dad, brother and me, when up to Nicklaus and said, “Hey Jack, sign this program for the boy’s!”…Jack, said, not now I’m busy. Our friend said to us, that’s OK boy’s, will go get Arnold Palmer’s autograph!”…Jack heard him say that and said to our friend, “give me that program I sign it!!”…Now security will lock you up!

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      Tom Edrington

      Great story. Jack used to sign a lot but he always kept walking while Palmer would stay in one spot and sign until everyone got what they wanted…..I’m guessing Arnold must have signed 50,000 autographs a year for more than 60 years…..Thanks for recounting an incredible experience.

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