Arnold Palmer’s Passing Hits Home in Greenbrier County

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The passing of the golf legend, Arnold Palmer has affected the lives of many. 59 News caught up with people saddened by his death. 

People are mourning after the loss of the 87 year old legend, Arnold Palmer. “It was a big loss for us yesterday (9/25) because he touched so many lives,” says a golfer, Jim Jamieson.

Jamieson has been golfing for 66 years and had the pleasure of going on tour with Palmer. “What you see is what you get, he made everyone feel comfortable,” says Jamieson.

That genuine man used his talent out on the course winning the masters 4 times. This champion changed the game of golf for many. “Golf’s in a better position and better worldwide because of Arnold,” say Jamieson.

His impact hits home here in Southern West Virginia where he was working on designing a Oak Hurst Golf course at the Greenbrier. Palmer and other big named golfers like Lee Trevino, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus were involved with the project.

Some golf professionals are worried generations will forget who Arnold Palmer was but that’s not the case for some young golfers at the Lewisburg Elks Country Club. “I don’t think anyone’s going to forget someone like that. He’s one of the all times greatest and he’s someone we can look up too,” says a youth golfer, Thomas Vestal.

A man known as a winner on and off the course will be greatly missed. “I don’t want anyone to forget about Palmer, he’s one of the best ever,” says Vestal. “He’s fine, he’ll live on forever,” says Jamieson.

59 News reached out to the Greenbrier today (9/26), where Palmer earned his first professional victory at a Pro-Am event back in 1954. Lee Trevino, the Golf Professional Emeritus at the Greenbrier said, “in part, Arnold Palmer didn’t pass away, we just won’t see him physically. But he’ll be here forever and ever. I know that 300 years from now, people will still be talking about Arnold Palmer. It’s a great loss.”

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