(October 15, 2016) -- This summer Nick Carlson
captured the golfing worlds imagination by making a
to the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur in his home state
of Michigan. Everyone's imagination including that of
the late great Arnold Palmer.
Last week Carlson arrived to work at Ravines Golf Club,
a course designed by Palmer, to find the surprise of a
lifetime. It was a letter written in September by Palmer
himself congratulating him on his success at the U.S.
"I've never been able to say that I knew Mr. Palmer or
met him in any fashion, and to get that 10 days (after
his death) was pretty special," the Michigan sophomore
told The Detroit News. "It's framed and above
my desk in my room. I get to look at it every day."
Palmer penned the letter on September 8th, then
passed away on the 25th of the month, a couple of
weeks before the letter arrived in the hands of Carlson
on the 7th of October.
"I understand that you are a serious student of our
great game of golf," Palmer scribed. "Keep up the good
playing. I wish you the very best in whatever pursuit
you choose to follow."
-The Detriot News and pgatour.com contributed
to this story