Golf enthusiasts around the world are mourning the loss of Arnold Palmer, “The King” of golf, who died yesterday at 87. Palmer is remembered for his spirited competitiveness and sportsmanship, and for helping transform golf from a country club sport to a popular American pastime. He won 62 titles on the PGA Tour. Among those victories were four at the Masters, two at the British Open and one at the U.S. Open.
For those that had the pleasure of knowing him though, it was his sportsmanship and caring they speak about most. This sentiment is shared by many JetBlue crewmembers who have been able to support our efforts as the official airline of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and those who worked closely on The Latrobe Classic, an annual charitable golf outing. JetBlue has sponsored the event for four years, operating a special charter flight for players from Orlando to Palmer’s hometown of Latrobe, PA. These events have raised an impressive $2 million for the Alexander Center for Neonatology at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. As the official airline of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, we couldn’t be prouder to have been a part of this legacy.
We’d like to take this moment to pay our respects to The King, and thank him for the inspiration he gave to so many.