The Golf Coaches Association of America's annual convention outside Orlando will have a little more star power in January, thanks to the anticipated attendance of Arnold Palmer. The two-time NCAA medalist when he played at Wake Forest will be the recipient of the GCAA Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, he will become the third non-coach inducted into the GCAA Hall of Fame (Karsten Solheim and Byron Nelson being the two others) during the Jan. 14 banquet at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.
"I consider it a particular honor inasmuch as my golf at Wake Forest played a major role in leading me into my career in professional golf," Palmer said in a press release.
Palmer has stayed connected to college golf by lending his name to the Palmer Cup, an annual Ryder Cup-style event pitting collegians from the U.S. against their counterparts from Europe. Additionally, the medalist at the NCAA Championship receives the Arnold Palmer Award.
The announcement of the other Hall of Fame inductees is expected in the next week.