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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Irish trio enjoy resounding Arnold Palmer Cup success

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Olivia Mehaffey, Mark Power and Caolan Rafferty all enjoyed weeks to remember as the International team claimed 14 of the 24 points up for grabs during the Wednesday singles matches to earn their second consecutive Arnold Palmer Cup. The United States leads the all-time series 12-11-1.

Despite trailing by a wide margin, the United States team came out firing on Wednesday with their best performance of the week. The Americans got off to a hot start, earning points in four of the first five matches. Rachel Kuehn tied the opening match of the morning against our own Olivia Mehaffey, but only after the Tandragee and Royal County Down star eagled the 16th hole to get the match back to all square.

Kilkenny’s Power lost out to Quade Cummins 3&2 in the second match before Maynooth ace Rafferty stopped the bleeding with a gutsy 1UP win where the match play expert birdied the last to seal victory. With Rafferty’s point on the board, the Internationals soon picked up right where they left off after day two. Needing just 3.5 points at the start of the day to retain the cup, the Internationals earned points in five straight matches to seal the victory.

Holding a record of 3-0 heading into the singles matches, Ludvig Aberg clinched the title for Team International, earning a 5&4 victory of Zach Zediker, moving him to 4-0 on the week. John Pak of Scotch Plains, N.J. and Puwit Anupansuebsai of Nakhon Phanom, Thailand 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. Matthias Schmid of Maxhuette, Germany, was selected by both teams to receive the Arnold Palmer Cup exemption to the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard.

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  1. International Team Coach was Alan Murray, formerly of Greystones Golf Club, currently Head Golf Coach at Washington University. You might remember he caddied for Paul Dunne at the Open Championship in St. Andrews.


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