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Gore one of King's minions

Posted on: March 24, 2009 5:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The connection isn’t at all obvious. Not socially, geographically, academically or through even the most obscure business networking.

Usually, a quick perusal of the players given sponsor exemptions into the Arnold Palmer Invitational each spring have at least one of three things in common.

They are members of the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, products of Palmer's college alma mater at Wake Forest, or are represented by management agency IMG, the company whose DNA is all over the event.

Veteran Jason Gore whiffs on all three pitches, but he found a way to get invited into this week's 120-player field nonetheless.

Late last year, Gore played in an outing with Palmer in Naples, Fla., and he reminded the King that they had met before. Way before, actually.

Gore said that when he was 11, he was visiting family in Pennsylvania when his mom took him to Latrobe Country Club, Palmer's other famous home track. They marched into the pro shop and asked whether Mr. Palmer was around.

"I was wearing surfer shorts, and probably had on a Town & Country T-shirt, even though I had never been surfing in my life," laughed Gore, who was raised in the Los Angeles area. "We asked in the pro shop if he was around, and they said yes, he was expected shortly."

The Gores hung out, and when the ever-personable Palmer showed up, he invited Gore to watch him practice. To say that Gore fell hard for the game, which he had played only casually, is an understatement.

"From that point on," he said, "I knew I wanted to be a professional golfer."

He reminded Palmer of the story last year and the friendship was rekindled. Gore, the only player ever to win three straight Nationwide Tour starts and the winner of the now-defunct 84 Lumber event, is paired with Heath Slocum and Fredrik Jacobson in the first two rounds.



Category: Golf

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2009 7:31 pm

Gore one of King's minions

Arnie is from a day of long past.  The young bucks of today do not realize what it takes to make a legend much less a championship golfer.  Phil may be the exception because he can relate and will sign autographs forever but the young ones turn it on on the first tee and turn it off on 18.  They don't know where the 19th hole is.



Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2009 8:23 pm

Gore one of King's minions

It's great to see the "Greats" being reminded of what makes them "Great." Acknowledging the players around you who were impacted on a personal level due to an encounter they had with you is truly a great story. Well done Arnie!


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