Morning Sports Report - April 21, 2017

The Legends of Golf tournament at Top of the Rock near Branson is set to tee off this morning - weather permitting.

48 teams made up of some of the most famous names in sports are here.

This year's tournament is the first without Arnold Palmer, who died last September.  But he is very much on the minds of the pros this week.       

Arnold Palmer, the King, left his mark everywhere on the game of golf.  Especially, here at Top of the Rock, helping design the driving range and giving up his very own barn from Pennsylvania, which is now known as Arnie's Barn.

"We wanted to make a tribute to the man that helped every single of one of us here at big cedar lodge. It's been a delight to know him and have him a part of what's going on here," said Kirk Elmquist.

Palmer won 7 majors in his career, and was seen as pioneer by many of the Legends.

"Arnold was a great friend, a great competitor and what he did for the game of golf was tremendous," said Jack Nicklaus.

"Some have to develop charisma, he had it, It was a divine gift. He loved golf, but he also loved people, and people loved him," said Gary Player.

"I only played golf, I loved it, I slept it. The one thing that reminds me about Mr. Palmer is that he was the same way," said Trevino.

"He loved golf more than anyone I know," added Nicklaus.

Since his passing in September, golfers have reminisced on their memories with the King. Lee Trevino shared one of those moments, as he wanted a keep sake from Palmer's final competitive round of golf.

"He didn't have any left," said Nickluas.

"That's what I was afraid of that he was going to run out of balls. I am over there with wedges trying to fish them out. I got me a ball retriever. I am trying to get all these balls back out, cause he has the umbrella on the ball, he's going to run out of balls. Sure enough, he made an 8 footer on the last hole and I took his ball," said Trevino.

Nicklaus, Player and Trevino sat around for about 15 minutes discussing what Arnold Palmer meant to them.  And it was a really special moment here Thursday. 

They are also thinking about adding Arnies Lodge on location here at Top of the Rock.  That'll be in the works in the near future. 


In Major Leagues baseball Thursday night,  Milwaukee beats the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5, there were five homers hit between the two teams.
And the Royals and Rangers went to 13 innings before the Rangers won, 1-0.

The Springfield Cardinals beat the Arkansas Travelers 6-3.  Nick Martini had two doubles and three RBIs.


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