Wake honors ex-great Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer was at Wake Forest on Friday for the unveiling of a statue in his likeness at the Arnold Palmer Golf Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Palmer starred at Wake, winning NCAA individual titles in 1949 and '50, as well as the first ACC title in '53.

He was joined by other Demon Deacon greats Friday, including the school's longtime former golf coach Jesse Haddock.

According to Wake Forest, the statue weighs 1,392 pounds, stands 9 feet tall and has an overall height of just under 13 feet to the top of the golf club. It was created by Bruce Wolfe, who began the project in his native Northern California some two years ago. Wolfe and his team spent 18 months developing the clay model, and once it was completed, it was transported to a foundry in New York, where another nine months was spent on casting and finishing.

Palmer, 84, won the U.S. Amateur in 1954 and turned pro later that year, winning 62 PGA Tour events, including seven major championships.