NORMAN, Okla. – Ryan Potter of Wake Forest and Bill Allcorn of Oklahoma will serve as the United States assistant coaches while the International assistant coaches will be Golda Borst of Kentucky and Sweden and Barry Fennelly of Maynooth and Ireland for the 2022 Arnold Palmer Cup at Golf Club de Genève. Longtime Arnold Palmer partner Rolex is continuing its more than 50-year relationship through its support of the matches, which will be hosted by Golf Club de Genève July 1-3, 2022.
Potter is in his fifth season on the coaching staff of the Wake Forest women's golf program, joining the program in January 2017. Over his four and a half seasons on the Wake Forest staff, Potter has helped the Deacons win the 2019 ACC Championship, 12 team titles, 15 individual titles, and reach the championship match of the 2019 NCAA Championship. He has coached five All-Americans, 2018 NCAA Champion and 2019 Augusta National Women's Amateur Champion Jennifer Kupcho and 2019 ACC Individual Champion Emilia Migliaccio. Potter came to Wake Forest from Charlotte, where he was the first assistant coach in program history as the 49ers prepared to begin competing in women's golf in 2017-18. Potter also gained experience by serving as the Assistant Director of the First Tee of Tuscaloosa and as an operations intern with the American Junior Golf Association prior to beginning his collegiate coaching career. Potter was a four-year letterwinner at Furman, graduating in 2005 with a degree in History. He received a Master's in Sport Management from Alabama in 2008.
Allcorn, the 2021 Jan Strickland Award presented by TaylorMade Golf Company winner for the nation’s top assistant coach, is in his fifth year with the Oklahoma men’s golf team. He helped the Sooners reach the match-play quarterfinals at the NCAA Championships in 2018, his first year. The team also claimed the 2018 Big 12 Championship and won four regular-season team titles, the program’s most in one year since 1989. The 2021 season was one of the best in program history, as the Sooners tied the program record with five team wins en route to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships. The entire 2021 Oklahoma lineup was named to the All-America team that season, bringing the amount of All-Americans the Sooners have had since Allcorn has been on staff to eight. As a player, Allcorn was a four-year letterwinner at Baylor, where he competed in 38 tournaments during his career and claimed a title at the Bill Hill Invitational. He also finished as runner-up in the 2009 Big 12 Championship. He graduated cum laude in 2009 with a degree in economics.
Borst has taken the Kentucky women's golf program to new heights in her 11 seasons on the job. In addition to seven NCAA regional appearances and six team championships, the team broke through with an NCAA Championship Finals berth in 2021, the program's first since 1992. Under Borst, UK has posted nine of the top 10 single-season team scoring averages in program history while claiming 24 of the 25 lowest 18-hole rounds. Additionally, the top 20 single-season player scoring averages in school history are in the Borst era and 24 of the top 25 marks for most single-season par or better rounds have taken place with Borst at the helm. A four-year letterwinner for the women's golf team, Borst graduated from Tennessee in 2006 with a degree in communication studies. At Tennessee, Borst served as team captain in 2005, earned All-SEC Second Team honors in 2006 and was named a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member. A native of Visby, Sweden, Borst competed for the Swedish National Golf Team from 1999-2003. With Borst, the team claimed medalist honors at the Girls Team European Championship in 2000, second at the Lady's Team European Championship in 2001 and third in the Lady's Team European Championship in 2002.
Fennelly is in his 11th season as head coach of both the men’s and women’s programs at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Under Fennellys’ direction, Maynooth has become the perennial leaders in Ireland, having won two National club titles and numerous Irish, British and European University titles. Fennelly has worked with three Maynooth men who have gone on to win The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament, which is highly regarded as the leading collegiate tournament in Europe. Maynooth have been represented at seven of the last nine Arnold Palmer Cup matches, a feat not matched by any institution outside of the United States. Maynooth has produced five Arnold Palmer Cup participants, two Walker Cup players, one Curtis Cup player and numerous Irish men and women Internationals. In 2012, Fennelly led Ireland’s men’s team to a bronze medal at the World University Golf Championship. A member of the Arnold Palmer Cup men’s selection committee in 2016 & 2017, Fennelly has been serving on the international women’s selection committee the past four years.
About Arnold Palmer Cup
The Arnold Palmer Cup was co-founded by Arnold Palmer and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and began at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla., in 1997. The event is a Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top men’s and women’s university/college golfers matching the United States against a team of International players. The Palmer Cup has been played at some of the world’s greatest courses including The Old Course, The Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Baltusrol, The Honors Course, and Cherry Hills. Beginning with the 2018 matches at Evian Resort Golf Club, the Arnold Palmer Cup is the only major tournament which features men and women playing side-by-side as partners.
Since its inception, over 125 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on the PGA, European, or LPGA Tours; 32 have represented Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, or Solheim Cup and more than 60 have claimed over 280 victories on the PGA, European, or LPGA Tours, including three major champions in both 2020 and 2021. The United States leads the Palmer Cup series 13-11-1.
The Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation supports the Palmer Cup, which provides a platform for perpetuating Arnold Palmer’s commitment to youth character development and the growth of amateur/collegiate golf. For more information, please visit ArnoldPalmerCup.com.
About Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation
The Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation champions its namesakes' legacy through grantmaking and initiatives that support children’s health, youth character development, and nature-focused wellness. Learn more at PalmerFoundation.org.
Rolex and the Arnold Palmer Cup
Through an unwavering commitment to the game of golf for more than 50 years, Rolex has developed one of the broadest and longest-standing relationships between brand and sport. These strong ties date back to 1967 when Rolex partnered with legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, making him the first official Rolex Golf Testimonee. The charismatic American holds a special place in golf history thanks as much to his natural talent and successful playing career as to his pioneering role in the sport. Since that pivotal bond began, Rolex has gone on to establish partnerships at every level of the sport, including with the governing bodies responsible for advancing the sport and with the finest players, from The Big Three to the New Guard who lead today’s rankings. The decision to partner with the Arnold Palmer Cup was thus a natural progression for the Swiss watchmaker, and a tribute to Arnold Palmer’s inspiring legacy.
An unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise
Rolex is an integrated and independent Swiss watch manufacturer. Headquartered in Geneva, the brand is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products – symbols of excellence, elegance, and prestige. The movements of its Oyster Perpetual and Cellini watches are certified by COSC, then tested in-house for their precision, performance and reliability. The Superlative Chronometer certification, symbolized by the green seal, confirms that each watch has successfully undergone tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria. These are periodically validated by an independent external organization.
The word “Perpetual” is inscribed on every Rolex Oyster watch. But more than just a word on a dial, it is a philosophy that embodies the company’s vision and values. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of the company, instilled a notion of perpetual excellence that would drive the company forward. This led Rolex to pioneer the development of the wristwatch and numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism, invented in 1931. In the course of its history, Rolex has registered over 500 patents. At its four sites in Switzerland, the brand designs, develops and produces the majority of its watch components, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Furthermore, the brand is actively involved in supporting the arts and culture, sport, and exploration, as well as those who are devising solutions to preserve the planet.
The exclusive footwear, apparel, headwear, and glove supplier of the Arnold Palmer Cup, our mission is what drives us to do everything possible to expand human potential. We do that by creating groundbreaking sport innovations, by making our products more sustainably, by building a creative and diverse global team and by making a positive impact in communities where we live and work.