Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer and West Michigan

You probably know that legendary golfer Arnold Palmer passed away yesterday at the age of 87.  Among his 95 career wins, one occurred here in Grand Rapids.  Palmer won the 1961 Western Open Golf Tournament held at Blythefield Country Club (technically in Belmont).  He edged out Sam Snead, another golf legend, by two strokes to finish at 13 under par. There are 6 Arnold Palmer designed golf courses in Michigan, including The Ravines in Saugatuck. Arnold Palmer enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1950.  This is a pic. of Arnold at age 23 playing (at least for the picture) golf…