2012 PNC Father-Son Golf Tournament: Ritz Carlton, Orlando
Rene
Zamora
2012

I never met Mr. Palmer but my family from the Philippines including my father followed his golf career and I learned the game by reading some of Mr. Palmer's instruction books as a youngster. I obtained a 2004 Masters book (published annually by Augusta National Golf Club) and wanted Mr. Palmer to autograph for our family's collection (since it was his 50th and last Augusta appearance) but it has been very difficult to obtain since Mr. Palmer did not make many public appearances as he was getting up there in age. However, when I heard that he would be playing a round of golf with Mr. Nicklaus, probably for the last time, at the 2012 PNC Father Son challenge, I took a chance and made the trip to Orlando, knowing all too well that Mr. Palmer is a real gentleman when signing autographs. Fast forward to the Saturday round after finishing the 18th hole, there were about 10 people thick waiting for Mr. Palmer to emerge from his golf cart from the 18th green and I had my Masters book on my right hand. After patiently waiting for hours, finally Mr. Palmer started signing and boy, he never stopped almost to exhaustion, until the every last person in the gallery was signed. Could not believe it! With my outstretched hands (behind 3 people thick), I handed him our family book and he graciously signed his wonderful autograph on the cover page. Not only that, while he was signing my book, he looked at me straight in the eye without saying a word, and kept staring until he handed the book back to me. At the moment in frozen time, it felt like he knew who I was and we were connected. Never felt the same way again with anyone else. I wish I had the opportunity to thank Mr. Palmer personally for the opportunity but his memory will last well beyond those whom he touched during his lifetime. Thank you again to the King and may you RIP.