Kitt flies flag for Ireland as Palmer Cup gets underway in Switzerland

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Maynooth's David Kitt at the Arnold Palmer Cup

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The opening round of mixed four-ball action for the 2022 Arnold Palmer Cup is officially underway with Maynooth University’s David Kitt representing Ireland at the prestigious event.

The United States began their quest to repeat on Friday morning against an International side represented by 18 countries with four returners at Golf Club de Genève from July 1-3

Athenry man Kitt earned his Palmer Cup debut courtesy of winning the R&A Student Series Order of Merit, with one victory on the books at the season opening event at Fairmont St. Andrews.

“To play with the best in the world against the top Americans is incredible,” Kitt said, who adds to Maynooth’s rich history at the Palmer Cup, joining twice capped Gary Hurley and Stuart Grehan, recent Open Championship qualifier Ronan Mullarney, plus Caolan Rafferty and Allan Hill in lining out amongst the world’s best college golfers.

“We’re absolutely delighted for David,” said Barry Fennelly, Golf Programme Manager at Maynooth, who also serves as an Assistant Coach to the international team this year.

“It’s going to be a big step up for him but he’s earned the right to play and I have no doubt that he’ll do well.

“David is the sixth Maynooth player to earn selection and it’s exciting for Maynooth as a whole to have a player on the team, and myself involved as an Assistant Coach. It’s going to be a very cool experience.”

The United States features six returnees, including three-time participants Rachel Kuehn and Latanna Stone. Fred Biondi will be the first Palmer Cup participant from Brazil, Mateo Fernández de Oliveira the first Argentinian, and James Leow the first from Singapore. First participants from their schools include Kajsa Arwefjäll and Antonia Malate (San Jose State), Albin Bergstrom (USF), Jake Doggett (Midwestern State), and Palmer Jackson (Notre Dame).

Friday’s Mixed Fourball schedule:

8:30 am

Sam Bennett/Erica Shepherd (USA) vs. Ludvig Åberg/Alexandra Forsterling (International)

8:45 am

Antonia Malate/Dylan Menante (USA) vs. Adrien Dumont de Chassart/Ashley Lau (International)

9:00 am

Latanna Stone/Travis Vick (USA) vs. Frederik Kjettrup/Aline Krauter (International)

9:15 am

Jake Doggett/Anna Morgan (USA) vs. Kajsa Arwefjäll/Albin Bergstrom (International)

9:30 am

Gurleen Kaur/Walker Lee (USA) vs. Mateo Fernández de Oliveria/Julia Lopez Ramirez (International)

9:45 am

Michael Brennan/Rachel Kuehn (USA) vs. Josele Ballester/Carolina Chacarra (International)

10:00 am

Calynne Rosholt/Cole Sherwood (USA) vs. Fred Biondi/Benedetta Moresco (International)

10:15 am

Johnny Keefer/Olivia Mitchell (USA) vs. Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen/Chiara Tamburlini (International)

10:30 am

Palmer Jackson/Brooke Seay (USA) vs. David Kitt/Lorna McClymont (International)

10:45 am

Nick Gabrelcik/Rachel Heck (USA) vs. Archie Davies/Amelia Williamson (International)

11:00 am

Amari Avery/Gordon Sargent (USA) vs. James Leow/Hsin-Yu Lu (International)

11:15 am

Michael Thorbjornsen/Rose Zhang (USA) vs. Christo Lamprecht/Heather Lin (International)

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