In a back and forth Arnold Palmer Cup contest, the United States team got the better of their International opponents 33-27 on Sunday, winning the cup for the first time since 2019.
The USA went into the Sunday singles holding a four-point advantage but with 24 matches set for the final session, it was all to play for. The Internationals came out firing, winning six of the first nine matches with Castlewarden’s Lauren Walsh, a standout performer for Wake Forest all year, getting the better of her college teammate Rachel Kuehn in a much-needed 2&1 win.
However, it was Benjamin Shipp who swung the momentum in the USA’s favour, hammering Puwit Anupansuebsai 7&5 before Brad Reeves edged the Americans over the magic threshold of 30.5 points with a 3&2 win over Bo Jin. The USA won six full points from the remaining 10 matches to complete a 33-27 triumph with Maynooth’s Allan Hill going down 3&2 to Nick Gabrelcik.
“It’s been a while since the USA took home the Arnold Palmer Cup and a win is always exciting,” said US team coach, Kim Lewellen. “More importantly is how well these athletes represent their country and the legacy of Arnold Palmer. To be among the best golfers in the world and see them come together as a unit with incredible determination was a memory of a lifetime for all participants and fans.”
Meanwhile, Sam Bennett and Brooke Matthews were selected for an exemption into the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Evian Championship. The Michael Carter “Junior” Memorial Award was given to Sam Bennett and Eugenio Chacarra.
The Internationals will host the 2022 Arnold Palmer Cup.
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