Reporting from the Arnold Palmer Invitational…
Another sunny day in Orlando and we have the tan lines to prove it. Following the opening round on Thursday the MasterCard team decided to set us up with a 2nd booth location to sell the Arnold Palmer Commemorative MasterCard Gift Cards (that’s a mouth full). The marketing & event staff quickly created a booth for us over night. How is that for service!
Our 2nd location was set up directly across from the MasterCard Club tent. The Club tent is huge, air conditioned, has a bar, and great viewing areas to see the green on the 9th hole as well as the practice range and putting green. On top of that, some of the pros stop in throughout the week to sign autographs and take pictures.
Earlier in the week people kept asking how they could escape the heat and get into the Club tent. One way to do so is to but one of our gift cards so to make it easier for interested customers, we set up shop right across from the entrance.
Golfing Pro Boo Weekly (that is his real name and quite awesome if I must say so myself) stopped in the Club around 1pm to sign autographs and shortly after that Ian Poulter, who is now in the hunt for the tournament championship with a 2 under, spent 30 minutes in the tent.
Over at the MasterCard Trophy Suite, Arnold Palmer (aka The King)himself stopped in around noon to talk with everyone, sign autographs, and take pictures. He received a standing ovation the moment he went in the tent. Mr. Palmer is very highly regarded in the golfing world and by sports enthusiasts alike. One of our customers told us a great story today about how he mailed a hat to The King 20 years ago asking for an autograph and received it back in just two weeks fully personalized.
Later in the day at the Trophy Suite, up and coming golf pros Brendan Steele & Matteo Manassero stopped in to chat with the fans. Both were very friendly guys who appear to have bright careers.
Martin Laird took the lead in the tournament with a -9 under. He shot an incredible -7 under today to take a one stroke lead on Spencer Levin.