Pinehurst Living Magazine: A Golf Pairing in Heaven

By Helen Ross, Pinehurst Living Magazine

The similarities between the two are striking, right down to the overflow crowds at their memorial services, sadly held last fall less than two months apart.

More than 4,000 people gathered on the campus of St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, that October Monday to say goodbye to Arnold Palmer. Only a quarter of that number had invitations to sit in the basilica. The rest crowded in the school’s gym to watch what was being broadcast by the Golf Channel in thousands of homes.

There wasn’t room for everyone in the sanctuary of Bronson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Southern Pines when Peggy Kirk Bell was memorialized, either. Those of us who arrived late were shepherded into the Fellowship Hall where we watched the service, like Palmer’s, full of love and laughter, on a big-screen TV.

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