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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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    Arnold Palmer will be sadly missed for sure. They don’t make golfers like him anymore. RIP Mr. Palmer!

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      Tom Edrington

      One of a kind, One of a GREAT KIND!

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    What a great story, thanks for sharing it Tom. Shows you exactly the kind of person Arnie was. Just one of the guys! In reality, he was anything but. The game of golf will always be indebted to the King for the contributions he made. He will be greatly missed. He truly was one of a kind!

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      Tom Edrington

      There are soooooo many people with Arnold Palmer stories, he was a great man of the people……it was always marvelous to spend time with him, then sorta step back and watch how he interacted with others… basically didn’t want to “hog” time with Arnold because it’s as if people were waiting to spend a moment with him…..Nicklaus put it best when he said Arnold would rather go to a cocktail party with 100 strangers than go to dinner with two friends….

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    Met Arnold Palmer at the Hawaiian Open in 1968 when my wife asked him for an aotograph. He was leaving the course with Winnie after a long, very warm day. He was tired, but he obliged and they even talked with us for several minutes. What a gentleman!

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      Tom Edrington

      The old saying: Who are you when no one’s watching, well, even when the cameras were not on him, Arnold treated everyone the way he wanted to be treated…’s the Old Golden Rule and Arnold practiced it as much as he practiced the game of golf.

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