2020 Arnold Palmer Coaches Announced

08/28/19

NORMAN, Okla. - Alan Bratton of Oklahoma State and Dan Brooks of Duke University will lead the United States while the International side will be coached by Ria Quiazon Scott of Virginia and the Philippines and Alan Murray of Washington and Ireland at the 2020 Arnold Palmer Cup. Lahinch Golf Club, one of the World’s premier courses and the site of the 2019 Irish Open will host the event on July 3-5.

“We’re thrilled with the coaches selected for the 2020 Arnold Palmer Cup,” said Jon Podany, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises and President of the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation. “Each of these coaches has an incredible record of preparing college-aged men and women for the top ranks of golf and for life; and they’re sure to inspire their teams during one of the amateur game’s premiere events. With their leadership, a top field of competitors, and the beautiful course at Lahinch Golf Club, it’s going to be an incredible competition.”

Beginning his seventh season at the helm of his alma mater, Bratton has seen no shortage of success during his time at Oklahoma State. During his tenure, OSU generated 23 PING All-Americans, including 10 first-team selections, as well as nine Arnold Palmer Cup Players. The Cowboys also produced national players of the year in Rickie Fowler, Pablo Martin, Peter Uihlein, Viktor Hovland, and Matthew Wolff. Bratton and the Cowboys captured OSU’s 7th National Championship in 2018 after winning the title at their home course of Karsten Creek. Bratton was named Dave Williams National Coach of the Year, presented by Golf Pride Grips after the Cowboys national championship victory. Last season, behind one of the most formidable duos in college golf history in Wolff and Hovland, Bratton’s squad enjoyed six tournament titles, including its first Big 12 crown under his direction. Hovland and Wolff combined to sweep national player of the year honors with Hovland taking home the Ben Hogan award after finishing as the Low Amateur at both The Masters and the U.S. Open. He was also named the Big 12 Player of the Year in the process. Wolff set school records for wins in a season (6) and consecutive wins (4) as well as season stroke average (68.69). He closed the year by becoming the first Cowboy NCAA champion since 2006 and was named the recipient of the Fred Haskins and Jack Nicklaus awards. Both players have since earned their PGA tour cards with Wolff capturing his first PGA victory this summer at the 3M Open. Bratton’s teams have also enjoyed success in the classroom as OSU produced 12 Academic All-Big 12 selections, and a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar over the past two seasons.

Dan Brooks will begin his 36th at the helm of the Duke Women’s Golf program after claiming the NCAA National Championship in 2019 and is considered one of the best golf coaches in NCAA history. During his time as Blue Devil Brooks has helped guide his squads to seven NCAA National Championships, 20 ACC Championships and 136 team victories, the most of any women’s golf coach in Division I history. Brooks’ players have had success both on and off the course as Duke has collected 20 ACC Championship titles during his term with the Blue Devils, while 19 individuals have captured medalist honors at the ACC event under Brooks. Under his direction 36 golfers have claimed a total of 95 All-ACC accolades. Brooks has also groomed 24 All-America players (54 total selections). His efforts with the nationally known Duke squad haven’t gone unnoticed as Brooks was inducted into the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Hall of Fame in 2001. In addition to being tabbed ACC Coach of the Year 15 times, Brooks has also picked up Region Coach of the Year accolades 10 times and was the NGCA /WGCA National Coach of the Year during seven seasons. In addition to his responsibilities with the women’s golf program, he teaches many students at the Duke Golf Club as a PGA Teaching Professional. He also directs a summer youth instructional program called the Duke Academy of Golf.

Scott is entering her second season as the Head Coach at Virginia and was most recently an Assistant Coach on winning International Team at the 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup at the Alotian Club. She joined Virginia after heading up the program at Oregon for nine seasons. In the fall of 2018, Scott led UVA to the team championship at Michigan State’s Mary Fossum Invitational in her first event as Virginia’s head coach. The Cavaliers finished the 2018 fall season ranked No. 16 and went on to place 14th at the 2019 NCAA Championships. She saw two players – senior Anna Redding and sophomore Beth Lillie – earn All-ACC honors and Redding went on to pick up All-America accolades. Redding also represented UVA at the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur where she advanced to the final round of stroke play. Scott's players also excelled in the classroom at UVA. Three - Lillie, Julia Ford and Riley Smyth - were named to the WGCA All-American Scholars Team and Lillie was joined on the ACC All-Academic team by Redding and senior Katharine Patrick. Prior to her arrival on Grounds, Scott guided Oregon to NCAA postseason play in all nine of her seasons in Eugene. Before that, Oregon hadn’t advanced to the NCAA Finals in 10 straight years. Scott’s teams produced seven of the top eight season scoring averages in school history, and each player in Oregon’s top-10 season scoring average category was coached by her. Under Scott’s guidance, the Ducks finished the season ranked no worse than 35th nationally on four separate occasions and made a habit of being ranked in the top 25. Oregon has also posted 34 top-five team finishes since 2009, including eight tournament championships and eight individual medalist honors. Scott was on the Board of Directors for the WGCA from 2012-2016 and most recently was the Associate Vice President from 2014-2016.

Murray will begin his fourth year as the head men’s golf coach at the University of Washington in 2019, coming to the UW from Alabama-Birmingham. He is the 10th head coach in the history of the Huskies' program. In his first year at Washington, Murray helped guide the Huskies to a third-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships and seventh place at the NCAA West Regionals. During the season, Washington placed in the top five in seven tournaments and had one individual medalist (Corey Pereira – Querencia Cabo Classic). In addition, two Husky golfers earned PING All-West Region honors (Pereira and Carl Yuan) with four earning Pac-12 All-Academic honors (Yuan – 1st team; Kevin Kwon – 2nd Team; Frank Garber and Pereira – Honorable Mention). During 2019 in his third year at the helm of the Husky program Murray led UW to a pair of top-five finishes and a victory in the Husky Invitational. Considered a rising star within the collegiate golf community, Murray earned Golfweek's 2014 National Coach of the Year honors and led the UAB Blazers to their first-ever NCAA Regional Title in 2015.

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