Golf News for Friday, April 4, 2014 | Media

Golf Channel's ARNIE features 100-plus interviews paying tribute to Arnold Palmer

ORLANDO, Fla. -- More than 100 notable personalities shared their experiences with Arnold Palmer for Golf Channel’s three-night television event, ARNIE, premiering Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m. ET following Live From the Masters, and continuing through Tuesday, April 15. The production team responsible for ARNIE, which has a collective 36 Emmy Awards, spent the past year gathering interviews, and also sat down with Arnold Palmer to capture the recollections of his remarkable life. The documentary will air with limited commercial interruptions, backed by the support of Insperity and Callaway Golf.

Actor and producer Tom Selleck, star of more than 50 film and television roles, has signed on to narrate the three-part documentary film. He will help tell the story of the legions of Palmer’s fans affectionately known as “Arnie’s Army,” including Hollywood celebrities, professional golfers, U.S. presidents, sporting icons, journalists and business leaders – along with family and friends who helped shape Palmer’s life as a young man growing up in Latrobe, Pa.

Notables among the more than 100 interviews (complete list below):

Leaders – U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem, Royal & Ancient Golf Club Chief Executive Peter Dawson, business entrepreneur Donald Trump, Arnold Palmer Enterprises COO Alastair Johnston, Wake Forest University President Dr. Nathan O. Hatch, Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation President Michael Landes.

Golf – Hall of Famers Jack Nicklaus, Nancy Lopez, Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Phil Mickelson, Sir Nick Faldo, Johnny Miller, Hale Irwin, Greg Norman, Billy Casper, Ben Crenshaw, Annika Sorenstam and Lanny Wadkins, as well as current PGA TOUR stars Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker and Hunter Mahan to name a few; USGA historian Michael Trostel, and golf broadcasters Peter Alliss and Jack Whitaker.

Pop Culture & Sports –Actor Kurt Russell, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton, NFL star Peyton Manning, broadcaster Al Michaels, Major League Baseball icons Johnny Bench, Ken “Hawk” Harrelson and Joe Torre.

Family & Friends – Wife Kit Palmer; sisters Sandra Sarni and Lois Jean Tilley; brother Jerry Palmer; daughters Amy Palmer Saunders and Peg Palmer Wears; longtime personal assistant Doc Giffin and Russ Meyer, business advisor and Chairman Emeritus, Cessna Aircraft Company.

ARNIE: 3-Part Golf Channel Event

Arnie & His Army
Sunday, April 13, 10 p.m. ET (following Live From the Masters)

Arnie & His Majors
Monday, April 14, 10 p.m. ET

Arnie & His Legacy
Tuesday, April 15, 10 p.m. ET

Interview List:
Geano Agostino Member, Latrobe Country Club
Dr. Gregor Alexander Neonatologist, Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies
Peter Alliss BBC Golf Commentator
Dave Anderson Award-winning journalist, New York Times
Al Barkow Former editor-in-chief, Golf Magazine
Johnny Bench Former major league baseball player / Hall-of-Famer
Randy Bisi Head golf professional, Latrobe Country Club
Dave Bockorny Chairman & CEO, Bockorny Group
Sir Michael Bonallack 5-Time British Amateur Champion
John Bozard President, Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation
Brad Brewer Author, “Mentored By The King”
Cori Britt Vice president, Arnold Palmer Enterprises
George W. Bush 43rd President, United States
Billy Casper Former PGA TOUR professional, 3-time major champion
Hollis Cavner Executive Director 3M Championship / CEO, Prolinks Sports
Bobby Clampett Former PGA TOUR professional
Bill Clinton 42nd President, United States
Ben Crenshaw Former PGA TOUR professional, 1984, 1995 Masters Champion
Peter Dawson Chief executive, R&A
Frank Demeo Former executive director, March of Dimes
Jaime Diaz Editor-in-chief, Golf World
James Dodson Author, “Arnold Palmer: A Golfer's Life”
Bob Drum Former golf writer, Pittsburgh Press
Suzie Eiseman Friend/neighbor to Arnold Palmer
Sir Nick Faldo Former PGA TOUR professional, 6-time major champion
John Feinstein Award-winning author, sports writer
Richard Ferris Former chairman & CEO, United Airlines
Bill Fields Senior editor, Golf World
Tim Finchem Commissioner, PGA TOUR
Dow Finsterwald Former PGA TOUR professional, finished T-3 in 1960 U.S. Open
Bob Ford Director of golf, Oakmont Country Club
Harry Frye Former staff photographer, Latrobe Bulletin
Robert Garrigus PGA TOUR professional
Doc Giffin Arnold Palmer's administrative assistant
Marty Hackel Fashion director, Golf Digest
Gil Hanse Golf course architect
Ken (Hawk) Harrelson Commentator, Chicago White Sox / former major league baseball player
Dr. Nathan O. Hatch President, Wake Forest University
Thomas Hauser Author, “Arnold Palmer: A Personal Journey”
Angela Howe Director, British Golf Museum
Hale Irwin Former PGA TOUR professional, 3-time major champion
Peter Jacobsen Former PGA TOUR professional / analyst, NBC / Golf Channel
Don January Former PGA TOUR professional, 1967 PGA Championship winner
Gordon Jeffrey Former captain, Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Dan Jenkins Author, sportswriter - Sports Illustrated, Fort Worth Press
Rand Jerris Managing director public services, USGA
Alastair Johnston COO, Arnold Palmer Enterprises
Rees Jones Golf course architect
Gary Koch Former PGA TOUR professional / analyst, NBC / Golf Channel
Michael Landes President, Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation
Rich Lerner Host/commentator, Golf Channel
Nancy Lopez Former LPGA Tour professional, 3-time major champion
Davis Love III PGA TOUR professional, 1997 PGA Championship winner
Pete Luster Arnold Palmer's co-pilot
John Mahaffey Former PGA TOUR professional / analyst, Golf Channel
Hunter Mahan PGA TOUR professional
Roger Maltbie Former PGA TOUR professional / on course reporter NBC / Golf Channel
Peyton Manning Super Bowl champion NFL Quarterback
Rob Marciano Executive VP, chief sales and marketing officer, Arizona Beverage Company
Dave Marr Commentator, Golf Channel
Terry McCann Director of operations, City Brewery Latrobe
Graeme McDowell PGA TOUR professional, 2010 U.S. Open champion
Rocco Mediate PGA TOUR professional, paired with Arnold Palmer in 1994 U.S. Open
Russ Meyer Chairman emeritus, Cessna Aircraft Company
Al Michaels NBC Sports commentator
Phil Mickelson PGA TOUR professional, 5-time major champion
Johnny Miller Former PGA TOUR professional, 1973 U.S. Open champion / lead analyst, NBC Golf
Gabe Monzo Executive director, Arnold Palmer Regional Airport
Tim Neher Friend to Arnold Palmer / former president, Seminole Golf Club
Jack Nicklaus Former PGA TOUR professional, 18-time major champion
Greg Norman Former PGA TOUR professional, 2-time major champion
Andy North Former PGA TOUR professional, 2-time major champion
Jim O'Brien Attended 1960 U.S. Open
Ian O'Connor Author, “Arnie & Jack”
Geoff Ogilvy PGA TOUR professional, 2006 U.S. Open champion
Arnold Palmer Documentary subject
Jerry Palmer Arnold Palmer's brother
Kit Palmer Arnold Palmer's wife
Amy Palmer Saunders Arnold Palmer's daughter
Peg Palmer Wears Arnold Palmer's daughter
Gary Player Former PGA TOUR professional, 9-time major champion
Nick Price Former PGA TOUR professional, 3-time major champion
Dana Quigley Former PGA TOUR professional, 11-time Champions Tour winner
Tom Ridge Former secretary of homeland security / Pennsylvania governor
Chris Rodell Contributor, ArnoldPalmer.com
Justin Rose PGA TOUR professional, 2013 U.S. Open champion
Kurt Russell Actor
Sandy Sarni Arnold Palmer's sister
Sam Saunders Arnold Palmer's grandson
Ron Sirak Executive editor, Golf World / senior writer, Golf Digest
Brandt Snedeker PGA TOUR professional
Annika Sorenstam Former LPGA Tour professional, 10-time major champion
Matthew Squire Publisher & founder, KINGDOM Magazine
Dave Stockton Former PGA TOUR professional, 2-time major champion
Curtis Strange Former PGA TOUR professional, 2-time major champion
Dan Sullivan Friend and pilot to Arnold Palmer / executive director, Memorial Tournament
Kathy Swanson President, Arnold Palmer Medical Center
Judy Swigart Superintendent, Greater Latrobe school district
Kelly Tilghman Host/commentator, Golf Channel
Lois Jean "Cheech" Tilley Arnold Palmer's sister
Joe Torre Former major league baseball player/manager
Lee Trevino Former PGA TOUR professional, 6-time major champion
Steve Trivett Sports writer, The Villages Daily Sun
Michael Trostel Curator/historian, USGA Museum
Donald Trump Chairman & CEO, The Trump Organization
Kate Upton Model, actress
Andy Wada Commentator, Golf Channel (Japan)
Lanny Wadkins Former PGA TOUR professional, 1977 PGA Championship winner / analyst, Golf Channel
Tom Watson Former PGA TOUR professional, 8-time major champion
Ron Wellman Athletics director, Wake Forest University
Jack Whitaker Award-winning sports commentator, CBS Sports
Dunlop White III Chairman, Old Town Club (Winston Salem, NC)
Dan Whitney (Larry the Cable Guy) Founder, Git-R-Done Foundation
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR professional, 14-time major champion
Fuzzy Zoeller Former PGA TOUR professional, 2-time major champion

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