USA retains Arnold Palmer Cup


          The Arnold Palmer Cup, Evian Resort Golf Club

The United States claimed 18 of 24 points in the final round singles matches to pull away for a 38.5-21.5 victory at the Arnold Palmer Cup at Evian Resort Golf Club. This year’s edition of Team USA is the first side to win as the visiting team since the 2010 Americans. Neither side had retained the cup since the US in 2011. The United States now leads the all-time series 12-9-1.

Northern Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey won the day’s first point, but the Americans responded by winning the next three. Chandler Phillips and Italy’s Lorenzo Scalise halved the following match before Team USA ran off three more victories. The sides would record another halved match before the Internationals clamed victories by Andy Zhang and Luis Gagne. 

Team USA’s Emilia Migliaccio, who was the only player in this year’s matches to tally a 4-0 record, led another American that included five-straight wins. Alana Uriell put the exclamation point on the run with a 2&1 victory that clinched the cup for the United States.    

Olivia Mehaffey of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Collin Morikawa of La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., 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.

Justin Suh of San Jose, Calif., was selected by both teams to receive the Arnold Palmer Cup exemption into the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard while Dylan Kim of Plano, Texas, was presented a wild card to The Evian Championship this September. Players selected the individual from both teams that they think best represents the “Arnold Palmer Legacy,” that is, the values that Arnold Palmer exhibited through his life in golf. DR

                                           Team USA 38.5   –   Team International 21.5 

Happy winners!
Images (C) Matthieu Joffres