Michigan golfer Nick Carlson received quite a shock when he received a letter late last week.
The note came from golf icon Arnold Palmer, who passed away on Sept. 25.
The Army lives on. Thank you Mr. Palmer. pic.twitter.com/gYoBqXFDQi
— Nick Carlson (@CarlsonNickJ) October 7, 2016
Penned on Sept. 8, the letter was was sent by Palmer to congratulate Carlson on his incredible run at the U.S. Amateur back in August. Ranked No. 1,981 in the world among amateurs, he made it all the way to the championship match of the most prestigious amateur tournament in the world.
And “The King” noticed.
“I understand that you are a serious student of our great game of golf,” Palmer wrote, “as well as a good student and player at the University of Michigan. Keep up the good playing. I wish you the very best in whatever pursuit you choose to follow.”
Carlson is a sophomore on the Michigan golf team and had just turned 20 years old on Sept. 11, one day after Palmer turned 87. Palmer’s win at the 1954 U.S. Amateur at the Country Club of Detroit came 62 years before Carlson’s runner-up at Oakland Hills Country Club.
And while he never got to see “The King” in his heyday, Carlson will always have that letter. The timing made it extra special.
“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,” Carlson told The Detroit News.
“It’s framed and above my desk in my room. I get to look at it every day.”