Golf writer to speak at Franklin course

Respected Golf Digest scribe helped legendary Palmer with his final memoir, ‘A Life Well Played’

Renowned golf writer Dave Shedloski remembers the moment he was contacted about writing a book with the legendary Arnold Palmer.

Declining wasn’t an option.

“I had known Arnold for over 20 years, had spent a lot of time with him,” said Shedloski, 54, a writer for Golf Digest and Golf World.

“When Arnold Palmer calls or his people call, you just look at it as a great honor.”

Palmer, who passed away in September at age 87, spent the final two years of his life working with Shedloski on the four-time Masters champion’s final memoir, “A Life Well Played.”

Friday evening at The Legends Golf Club, Shedloski will share his experiences of what it was like working with Palmer.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with dinner and cocktails in the banquet hall.

It is followed by a fireside chat moderated by Ted Bishop, general manager of The Legends Golf Club and 38th president of the PGA of America.

Cost is $50 per person, with proceeds going to the Indiana Golf Foundation and Arnie’s Army.

Palmer left behind a legacy not only as an iconic figure in the world of golf but as a savvy businessman and tremendous ambassador for the sport he helped elevate in terms of fan interest.

“Arnold had such a wonderful, simple way of looking at things,” Shedloski said. “He just had a way of connecting with people. It didn’t even matter what he did in golf. It was just having his presence at a golf tournament.”

Released in October, “A Life Well Played” currently is a New York Times best-seller.

Shedloski also served as an advisor to Bishop on his book, “Unfriended.”

“To think that Arnold Palmer chose Dave Shedloski to write his final memoir speaks volumes about the respect people in golf have for Dave,” Bishop said.

“In my opinion, ‘A Life Well Played,’ which already is a huge success, will become the No. 1 book in the history of golf and grow in stature as the years go by.”

MEET THE WRITER

SPEAKER: Golf writer Dave Shedloski

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday

WHERE: The Legends Golf Club

COST: $50 (cocktails and dinner)

MORE INFORMATION: 736-8596.

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Mike Beas is a sports writer for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at mbeas@dailyjournal.net.