JOHNS CREEK, GA. – Atlanta Athletic Club will host the 20th Anniversary of the Arnold Palmer Cup, named for legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, June 9 - 11, 2017 featuring the top male university/college golfers matching the United States against Europe in a Ryder Cup-style tournament. The tournament is free and open to the public. The United States currently leads the series 10-9-1.
Notable Arnold Palmer Cup alumni include Luke Donald (1998), Rickie Fowler (2008), Bill Haas (2002), Dustin Johnson (2007), Brandt Snedeker (2003), Matt Kuchar (1998) among others.
The Arnold Palmer Cup was co-founded by Arnold Palmer and The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and began at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla. in 1997. In 2018, the participants will include corresponding women golfers who will be added to both the USA and International teams and will thus become the only major tournament which features men and women playing side-by-side as partners.
Since its inception, 101 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on either the PGA or European Tours, 22 alumni have gone on to represent Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, and 47 have claimed 173 victories on the PGA or European Tours.
Coaches for Team USA and Team Europe were named on January 10. John Fields from the University of Texas will coach the United States and Team Europe will be led by David Inglis of Northwestern University and Scotland. Andrew DiBitetto of the University of North Carolina will serve as assistant coach for Team USA while Alan Murray of Ireland and the University of Washington will hold the role for Europe.
The Arnold Palmer Cup teams for both Europe and the United States were announced today during the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played June 9-11 at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Texas Tech and Sweden’s Hannes Ronneblad and Fredrik Nilehn, Kristoffer Ventura of Oklahoma State (Norway), Jacksonville’s David Wicks (England) Harry Ellis of Florida State (England) and Missouri’s Rory Fransson (Scotland) qualified for Team Europe by finishing in the top six of the Arnold Palmer Cup Player Ranking. Committee selections were Maynooth’s Stuart Grehan (Ireland) and Viktor Hovland of Oklahoma State (Norway). Richard Mansell of Nova Southeastern (England) was David Inglis’ coach’s pick. The final member of the team will be the winner of The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament, which will be contested April 3-4.
Grehan is the only returning member from Europe’s victorious squad last season. Wicks is the first Arnold Palmer Cup participant from Jacksonville while Fransson is the first representative from Missouri. Team Europe represents only five countries in 2017, the fewest since 2011.
The six United States players determined by the ranking included Sam Burns of LSU, Texas A&M’s Chandler Phillips, Collin Morikawa of California, Virginia’s Jimmy Stanger, Stanford’s Maverick McNealy and Oregon’s Norman Xiong. John Coultas of Florida Southern, Southern California’s Sean Crocker and Illinois’ Nick Hardy were committee selections. Coultas was the designated non-Division I player. Doug Ghim of Texas was John Fields' coach’s pick.
McNealy represented the United States in 2015 and was selected compete in 2016. When McNealy withdrew from the 2016 event, Doug Ghim was added to Team USA.
Jekyll Brewing is partnering with Atlanta Athletic Club to serve two exclusive draft beers during the event, Team USA (Jekyll Lager) and Team Europe (Jekyll Big Creek- Kolsch). The first brewery in the Deep South was founded on Jekyll Island in 1738; today Jekyll Brewing is proud to be the first brewery located in Alpharetta, Georgia. Award-winning Brew Master and Co-owner, Josh Rachel, provides creative direction for a lineup of craft beers that cover the global spectrum of brew styles. Jekyll Brewing is intensely focused on hand-crafting sophisticated beers from the finest ingredients.
The Arnold Palmer Cup seeks to pass on Mr. Palmer’s values to the next generation of golfers by hosting a Junior Clinic and Golf Exhibition on Wednesday, June 7 featuring Team USA and Team Europe. AAC is partnering with The First Tee Atlanta to welcome the public and any young golfers that wish to learn from the top ranked collegiate players in the world. Both teams will be available for autographs after the event.
Opportunities to become a sponsor of the event are available through various patron packages. A special collector’s limited edition Arnold Palmer umbrella will be given to all those that become a patron. All proceeds benefit Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Inquiries for sponsorship can be made by contacting Atlanta Athletic Club at 770-448-2166.
About Arnold Palmer Cup
Arnold Palmer Cup is supported by Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation. The Arnold Palmer Cup provides a platform for perpetuating Arnold Palmer’s commitment to youth development and the growth of amateur/collegiate golf. For more information, please visit ArnoldPalmerCup.com.
About Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation
It all began in the 1960’s when Arnold Palmer’s go-for-broke style of golf bolstered a legion of fans, coined by the press as Arnie’s Army. Palmer's charisma and unfailing sense of kindness and thoughtfulness endeared him to millions around the world. Over the past four decades, the Palmer family have contributed time and resources to support their passion of helping others and in so doing have made a profound impact on many lives. Founded in 2015, Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation has been entrusted to continue Arnold Palmer’s legacy of philanthropy by investing in the health, well-being and development of children and youth. For more information, or to join Arnie's Army, please visit ArniesArmy.org or contact Kevin Bingham at 407-876-3944 or firstname.lastname@example.org.