Arnie's northern army

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:06 AM ET

Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer just has that way about him.

Whether golf fans watched him in his prime or in the twilight of his career, he puts everyone in his sheer presence in awe.

Palmer and Peter Jacobsen entertained fans yesterday with a clinic and exhibition match at Blackhawk Golf Course in what was cast as a "Day with the King."

Edmonton Oilers forward Jarret Stoll had the pleasure of golfing the par 3 sixth hole with 'Arnie' and Jacobsen. He hadn't felt that much pressure since Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup final.

"Maybe because it's more fresh in my mind, but I would say this is more nerve-racking," said Stoll. "It was pretty crazy standing over the ball and shaking like that trying to calm your nerves down.

"Even putting, no wonder I blew it five feet past the hole."

But for Stoll, who has put in more than 90 rounds of golf this summer, this golf day will be one he'll never forget.

"I have a lot of pictures to remember it by and it's a special day to play with him," he said.

Stoll showed some game during a clinic, borrowing Palmer's driver and cranking one more than 300 yards. But his follow up attempt drew a wisecrack from Jacobsen when Stoll's shank nearly took Oilers part-owner Cal Nichols's head off.

"If you would have hit him, you could have been on your way to Philadelphia by noon," Jacobsen cracked.

Ex-Oilers forward Joffrey Lupul was actually on his way to Philadelphia instead of playing with Stoll and the golf legends after being traded to the Flyers on Sunday.

Palmer and Jacobsen answered questions from fans and media for up to 45 minutes after a clubhouse breakfast. An hour long clinic from the two legends gave golf fans an opportunity to ask questions regarding their swing, technique and shot preparation.

Jacobsen, known as a comedian amongst the golf elite, did some impressions of some of golf's all-time greats, including Johnny Miller, Tom Kite, Craig Stadler and Palmer, himself.

Golfers paid $5,000 to play one hole with the legends, with the proceeds benefiting the Caritas Hospital Foundation.

Thirteen-year-old Wilson Bateman wasn't even born when Palmer won his last PGA event, which coincidently was at the Royal Mayfair in Edmonton in 1980.

"He's the King and I will remember this for the rest of my life, until I play with him again hopefully," said Bateman, who golfed the par 4 second hole with the legends.

Jim Sheard grew up watching Palmer in his prime.

"It was a treat to be able to do this for a whole day. Listening to the stories and being able to talk to him this morning was just a wonderful experience," said Sheard.

Sheard's friend Jim Janzen, also in his group, came all the way from Houston, Texas, to see Arnold.

"We are both in our 60s and Arnie was our hero when we were growing up.

"He was the Tiger (Woods) of that day."


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