McCarthy earns Major invite after Arnold Palmer Cup starring role

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Dubliner Julie McCarthy went unbeaten for the week as the International team claimed 13 of the 24 points up for grabs during the Sunday singles matches, becoming the first visiting team to win on U.S soil since 2009.

The Swords golfer, who has been a star of her Auburn Tigers college side all season, took that form into the prestigious cup competition, winning 3.5 of her 4 available points to help the Internationals to an historic win.

McCarthy bettered her USA opponent, Hailee Cooper 2&1 in their Sunday singles match after the Internationals earned points in four of the first five matches of the day, with victories from Agathe Laisne, Alex del Rey, Lorna McClymont, and Sofia Garcia.

The United States would make things interesting during the afternoon, getting points from a 2&1 Will Gordon victory, and a 5&4 win for Malia Nam.

Leading late down the stretch, Leonie Harm hit her second shot on the Par 4 18th to four feet, setting her up for a birdie opportunity to get their team to 30 points of the needed 30.5 to win the tournament.

Harm eventually knocked down the birdie, while a dominant 6&5 closing victory from Ana Belac sealed the Internationals first victory since 2016, ending the United States streak of back-to-back titles.

For McCarthy’s part in the triumph, the Forrest Little golfer has earned a precious invite to contest the Evian Championship in July, one of the five women’s golf Majors and the first Major in Continental Europe. What an incredible achievement for McCarthy and maybe a dress-rehearsal for things to come given her rapid elevation through the ranks stateside this season.

Alex Scott of Traverse City, Michigan and Leonie Harm of Gerlingen, Germany were named recipients of the Michael Carter Award, which is presented to the Arnold Palmer Cup participant that best represents the qualities and ideals of sportsmanship, integrity and upholding of the game.

Chun An Yu of Taoyuan, Taiwan, was selected by both teams to receive the Arnold Palmer Cup exemption to the 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard.

Arnold Palmer Cup full result:
Internationals defeat United States 33.5-26.5

Sunday’s Singles Results:

Laisne, International def. Chang, United States 3&1
del Rey, International def. Eckroat, United States 3&2
Pichaikool, International tied Hammer, United States
McClymont, International def. Lau, United States 3&2
Garcia, International def. Carlson, United States 2UP
Scott, International tied Grimmer, United States
Gordon, United States def. Yu, International 2&1
Go, International def. Pap, United States 1UP
Nam, United States def. Stormo, International 5&4
Kuest, United States def. Schmid, International 1UP
Smalley, United States def. Kanaya, International 2UP
Naveed, International def. Parmerter, United States 3&2
Harm, International tied Migliaccio, United States
Ramirez, International def. Wu, United States 3&2
Martin, United States def. Greville, International 6&5
McCarthy, International def. Cooper, United States 2&1
Khinhult, International def. Kim, United States 3&2
Scott, United States def. Nyfjall, International 3&1
Cummins, United States def. Aoshima, International 1UP
Ruffels, International def. Harford, United States 2&1
Benton, United States def. Jeon, International 5&4
Phillips, United States def. Nakajima, International 3&2
Gagne, International tied Augenstein, United States
Belac, International def, Galdiano, United States 6&4

Full Scoring HERE

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