Palmer entertains the press after winning the 1960 Masters

Local view: Harry Frye at the Masters

Harry Frye followed a legend from childhood through to some of his greatest triumphs; a local lens on an epic journey with a global phenomenon

Photographer Harry Frye was born four years before Arnold Palmer, in 1925. As the sports snapper for the Latrobe Bulletin, the local paper in Palmer’s Pennsylvania hometown, Harry shot the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates through some great years, and he also captured the young golf phenom on his way up. “I’d be out there at 6:30 or 7 o’clock in the morning, and sometimes he was right there and sometimes I had to wait a few minutes,” Frye told Kingdom in 2013, recounting mornings during which the late photog shot a young Palmer practicing golf before school. “His mother had coffee ready for me; she was a great person.”

Unlike many small-town papers, the Bulletin had access to an airplane, and that meant Harry could travel to the Masters and to other events to document the local hero’s rise right alongside photogs from Sports Illustrated, the Associated Press and others. With a local’s eye, Harry captured Palmer in ways others might have missed, and here, in this exclusive feature, Kingdom shares a selection of shots from Augusta National.

Palmer tees off during the 1958 Masters, watched by playing partner Fred Hawkins, who would finish runner-up to Palmer

With Arnie’s Army in loyal pursuit, it was always standing room only when Palmer played in the Masters, here on the sloping 10th green

Palmer finishing on 18

With Winnie to his right, behind the 18th green, Palmer was never one to shirk an autograph request

Clearing from the pine needles and intently following his tee shot during the 1962 Masters

Palmer intently following a tee shot during the 1962 Masters, along with playing partner Dow Finsterwald. Palmer defeated Finsterwald and Gary Player in a three-way playoff

Palmer hoped to win his fourth Masters in 1963, but from a week doused by spring showers, it was new rival Jack Nicklaus who won the Green Jacket for the first time, becoming the Masters’ youngest champ at 23

Augusta National looks great in black and white but the colors of the Masters are unrivalled in golf, such as in these three shots from 1962

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