Vince Gill paid tribute to golf legend Arnold Palmer with a stirring rendition of his hit song “Go Rest High On That Mountain” during his memorial service.
Gill and Palmer shared a longtime friendship and regularly played golf together, whether it be for fun or charity tournaments.
“Every year for the last five or six years, Vince and (golf pro) Joe Taggart would take an auction trip package up to Arnold’s place at Latrobe and they’d go through his museum there and usually have lunch or dinner with him and that raised a lot of money for Tennessee junior golf,” Dick Horton, president of the Tennessee Golf Foundation, told the Tennessean.
Gill was clearly emotional during Palmer’s memorial service on Oct. 4. “I just want to thank the family for the gift of the invitation to come here and honor an old friend,” he stated with tears filling his eyes. “It means more to me than you’ll ever know. This man was my favorite person – not my favorite golfer – but my favorite person that I’ve ever met.”
Arnold Palmer passed away on Sept. 25 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center while awaiting heart surgery. He was 87 years old.