On this day in 1997, one of the most prestigious tournaments in college golf handed out its first trophy when the inaugural Arnold Palmer Cup was awarded to team USA after they defeated Great Britain & Ireland 19–5.
There are a number of stories as to how the phrase “Arnie’s Army” was coined, but all of them describe the same thing: one of the greatest groups of fans in the history of sports.
In 2008, Arnold Palmer was honored with the Lone Sailor Award, given by the U.S. Navy Memorial to Sea Service Veterans to those “who have excelled with distinction in their respective careers while exemplifying the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.”
While Arnold Palmer was in his final year of college at Wake Forest University, his close friend and golf teammate Bud Worsham was killed in a car accident. Distraught and shaken, Palmer left school and joined The United States Coast Guard.