Local golf pro remembers life’s lessons imparted by Arnold Palmer

SUNSET HILLS, MO (KPLR) - Jay Delsing was chipping for a charity Monday afternoon.

But it was Arnie on his mind all day long.

'Losing Muhammad Ali and Arnold Palmer in the same year, both iconic guys who transformed their sports,' says Jay Delsing, professional golfer.

Delsing, the golf pro from Norwood Hills and commentator for Fox Sports golf coverage was playing in a tournament at Sunset Country Club for Our Little Haven.

'He`s designed over 300 golf courses around the country and raised millions and millions of dollars through golf and helped create the PGA tour what it is today and it`s just really a crushing loss,' says Delsing.'

Palmer was a seven time major`s champion and 62 time PGA winner on tour.

But it was Arnie`s follow through, from his golf swing to his grandfatherly advice that got many...like the time Delsing was wearing his hat indoors at lunch.

'He said, `Let me ask a question and said, `Do you wear that hat inside your house? `' adds


'I said, `Yes I do` and he grabbed my arm and said, `Damnit you don`t wear it in my house or your house.  Never wear your hat when you enter someone`s home or office.  Take it off when you walk inside. `

Delsing spent time with palmer in December and inquired about palmer the pitch man, selling products on television.

'How did you talk to everyone in all you`re pitching and clubs and sponsors and all the people that you talked to?  How did you do it?' asked Delsing.

'He said, `I never did anything I didn`t believe in.  And I believed in it and I just tried to convey that. `'

The loss of legends continues in 2016.

But as time marches on, Arnie`s Army of fans will continue spreading his good will.

All shaped by this stick wielding man who put the ball in the cup and left a hole in the hearts of many golf fans.