Fore! More gold for Arnold Palmer
In the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, golf legend and Wake Forest luminary Arnold Palmer (’51, LLD ’70) received the Congressional Gold Medal on Sept. 12, two days after his 83rd birthday. Congress recognized his service to the country in promoting excellence and good sportsmanship. Along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (Palmer received that honor in 2004), it is the highest civilian award in the United States and dates back to 1776, when the Second Continental Congress awarded the medal to George Washington.
Speaker of the House John Boehner cried during the presentation, recalling how he and Palmer reminisced about their fathers one day at Pebble Beach. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi praised Palmer’s qualities and acknowledged the presence of Jack Nicklaus in the Rotunda as a testament to how Palmer treats fans and competitors alike. Read more about Palmer’s honor here.
From Arnie’s Army of alumni fans, we salute the King of Golf!
Maria Henson (’82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large