Arnold Palmer’s PGA tour roots in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Over the course of his PGA career Arnold Palmer earned more than $3.55 million dollars. The first $145 of that fortune was earned in Fort Wayne at the Elks Country Club which is now known as Coyote Creek.

An up-and-comer on the PGA tour Palmer played in the 1955 Fort Wane Open. He did not win but did finish high enough to earn $145 for his first winnings on the PGA Tour. Palmer celebrated the win by going to the Oyster Bar in downtown for dinner and drinks. In fact, Palmer had to cash his check from the Fort Wayne Open to help pay for dinner.

Palmer went on to have a legendary career but struggled when it came to playing at the Fort Wayne Open from then on. Palmer did not make the cut the following year.