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I had the extreme pleasure of working with Arnie Burdick for the past 25 years in the media tent, and all I can say is that Arnie was the Heritage golf tournament.
Arnie, who died June 5, could recall all sorts of golf stats and facts from previous years whenever someone asked. Sometimes when people called the media tent, they wanted to speak only to Arnie because he could tell them what they wanted to know.
Over the 25 years, the media tent changed. Television and the Internet made our jobs there much easier, but I sort of miss the old days of talking to newspaper people from all over the world. For example, when Greg Norman played in the tournament, the papers from Australia called constantly. And we did not have computers to pick up the scores in real time. We had to wait until it was posted on the big board.
Arnie was always on top of getting these scores for every hole all day long and writing them down. He did not ever sit too long; he was always gathering information, putting scores together, even doing write-ups for the media board or making copies for all the media people in the tent.
I will miss Arnie, his offbeat laugh and his always personable greeting to anyone and everyone walking in the media tent.
Hope they let you call it up there, Arnie.
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