Walsh, Kennedy and Griffin set for Arnold Palmer Cup

Ronan MacNamara

Lauren Walsh at the NCAAs (Photo by Justin Tafoya/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Lauren Walsh, Max Kennedy and Ryan Griffin will fly the flag for Ireland at this week’s Arnold Palmer Cup as they tee it up for the International team against the USA.

The three-day competition takes place at Lauren Valley Golf Club with four balls on Thursday, foursomes on Friday before finishing with Saturday singles.

Castlewarden’s Walsh will round off her stellar amateur career alongside two of her NCAA Championship winning Wake Forest team as she competes against Emilia Migliaccio and Rachel Kuehn.


Walsh, a three-time All-American and All-ACC selection, finished inside the top 15 as an individual at the NCAA Championships and had eight top 15 finishes in 12 events this season.

She is second on Wake Forest team with a 71.39 stroke average and ended her collegiate career with a 72.25 stroke average, the third-lowest career stroke average in program history.

Royal Dublin’s Kennedy has been in outstanding form Stateside this year, picking up a win at the Aggie Invitational while registering six top-10 finishes in seven events.

The 21-year-old made a winning return on home soil as he claimed the Ulster Strokeplay Championship at Clandeboye and although he missed last weekend’s East of Ireland Championship and will miss the St Andrews Links Trophy he is arguably the most in form player competing this week.

“To be on the team this week is a really nice feeling, I feel my consistency this year has led me to this which is nice,” said the Louisville student. “You’re up against the best college golfers in the game this week so I’m looking to test myself against these guys and see how I do.

“I know I’m good enough to play against these players but it’s all about showing up on the week.”

Rosapenna’s Ryan Griffin was the shining light for Maynooth University this season and he earned his spot on the international side by winning the R&A Student Tour Series Order of Merit.

“All the legends have played in it, so for me to play in it too will be absolutely unbelievable,” said the Donegal native.

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