United States Retains Arnold Palmer Cup with 18 Points on Final Day
SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA ATHLETICS
The United States retained the Arnold Palmer Cup with a strong showing in Sunday’s single matches, claiming 18 of 24 possible points to defeat the International team, 38.5-21.5, at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Evain-les-Bains, France.
Alabama’s Kristen Gillman capped a weekend that saw her finish 3-1 in her matches with a 4&3 singles win over Wenyung Keh (New Zealand/Washington). After halving two of the first three holes, Gillman took the lead with a birdie on No. 4 and went on to clinch the match with a birdie on 15.
Gillman’s UA teammate Lauren Stephenson dropped a 1-up decision to Albane Valenzuela (Switzerland/Stanford) to finish the tournament at 2-1-1. Tide men’s golfer Davis Riley, who finished 2-2 on the weekend, fell, 3&2, to Jovan Rebula (South Africa/Auburn).
Playing for the International team, Alabama women’s golf signee Jiwon Jeon (South Korea/Daytona State) dropped a 7&5 decision to the United States’ Andrea Lee (Stanford) and finished the tournament at 1-2-1.
With the victory, the United States is now 12-9-1 in Palmer Cup competition. The victory is also the first for the visiting team in the Palmer Cup since the United States defeated Team Europe in 2010 in Portrush, Northern Ireland and marks the first time the Cup has been retained by either side since the U.S. won in 2011.
The Arnold Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup-style tournament co-founded by Arnold Palmer and The Golf Coaches Association of America in 1997. From 1997-2017, the tournament featured teams of men’s collegiate golfers representing the United States, Great Britain & Ireland (1997-2002) and Europe (2003-2017).
The 2018 edition of the Arnold Palmer Cup was the first to use the expanded format of United States men’s and women’s collegiate golfers facing their counterparts from around the world.