First time at Bay Hill
Rick
Vano
1998

First time visiting Bay Hill and was in the grill room after my round.  Saw Mr. Palmer sitting with his group in the far back right corner of the grill room...I asked the bartender if he thought Mr. Palmer would sign something for me and he said “of course he would.”  So I went to the pro shop and purchased a Bay Hill flag...as I was walking into the grill room with flag in hand Mr. Palmer saw me coming and reached behind to grab his sharpie out his back pocket.  As I was nervous approaching him I could hardly speak and Mr. Palmer sensed that…he put me at ease very quickly, signed my flag,  and ask me where I was from...I said Pittsburgh PA and the conversation went on for several minutes.  Will never forget that...he spoke to me like he knew me for years.  Will be sadly missed, but his legend will live forever.