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In which Arnold Palmer puts Ben Roethlisberger in his place

Mar 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

The good folks at Waggle Room won me over quite some time ago: They run one of the best golf blogs — if not the best — on the Intrawebs. Case in point is this story shared therein by Ryan Ballengee. It involves Ben Roethlisberger, whom I am quickly learning to detest, and one of the greatest golfers ever. I enjoyed it immensely.

This story was told to me just a few days ago from a very credible source.

The Steelers have their training camp in Latrobe, PA — a town absolutely owned by Arnold Palmer. Near the training camp is Laurel Valley golf club. It has hosted several major championships and is a big deal club in the area. Ben Roethlisberger came by during training camp one summer and said he wanted to get on the course to play. The pro shop said that they would accommodate him but that members that had tee times would go ahead of him and they would work him on.

So, Ben looks around the pro shop and starts buying up stuff. Makes his purchases, then disappears to the first tee. He’s teeing off out of turn. The pro shop wrangles him down in the first fairway and demands that he return to the clubhouse to wait his turn to play. Eventually, he gets to go off. He runs into a bunch of people who naturally want his autograph. He says no to all of them. Doesn’t want to be nice to the people letting him play their exclusive track.

When he’s done with the round, Ben goes into the locker room in the clubhouse. He takes a shower and comes out, when a man comes up to him and tells him, “What you are going to do right now is go into the pro shop and sign autographs for every single person who wants them, and then you will never come back here again.”

The man who told him that? Arnold Palmer.

How Arnie Palmer Put Ben Roethlisberger in His Place [Waggle Room]

  1. Peggy Fillinger - Apr 20, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    I work in Latrobe and have respected Arnie Palmer. I think he has brought so much to the the game of golf and the town of Latrobe. I even think more of him now. I know western PA is all about football but there comes a times when you have to put the subject, back into the saying” It is still a game” Thanks Arnie for being you.

  2. chris - Apr 27, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    yeah that was 2 years ago! Things change and so did Ben!

  3. Howie Subnick - May 4, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Piss on the autographs, just kick his ungrateful ass off the course.
    If you don’t kick it far enough, take a Mulligan and try again!

  4. Stacey - May 26, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Strange….Ben showed up at Laurel Valley Golf Club on Tuesday and played a round of golf! But, but…I thought he was banned? Morons!

  5. Chris - Jun 7, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    J.B – You didn’t look too hard on the internet for info. on Laurel Valley. Check the PGA Website for the history of the club. It is in Ligonier and very much associated with Arnold Palmer. He is often listed as the club’s traveling pro. Mr. Palmer along with George Love, George Wyckoff and Richard King Mellon founded the club. The reason that you don’t find much information on the club is that is very private and very exclusive. Next time do a little more “googling” to find the right information.