Public ceremony for Arnold Palmer to be held Oct. 4

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 26, 2016 3:34 PM

Photo by AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File

This 2004 file photo shows former Masters champion Arnold Palmer as he sits on clubhouse railing at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Palmer, who made golf popular for the masses with his hard-charging style, incomparable charisma and a personal touch that made him known throughout the golf world as "The King," died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Pittsburgh. He was 87.

(New York) -- The family of Pennsylvania native Arnold Palmer is waiting until after the Ryder Cup this week for a public farewell.

Alastair Johnston, the chief executive of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, said Monday at a news conference that a public ceremony to commemorate Palmer would be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 4 at St. Vincent's College in Latrobe, Westmoreland County.

Johnston says the last thing Palmer would want is for a golf schedule to be interrupted.

He says the funeral will be later this week and limited only to family.

Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all flags at the Capitol, state facilities and all public buildings and grounds to be flown at half-staff to honor Palmer. 

In a statement, Wolf says Palmer will be remembered as one of Pennsylvania's most beloved ambassadors. 

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