Team International Leads After Competitive 2023 Palmer Cup Opening Round


LIGONIER, Penn. – Team International leads Team USA 6.5-5.5 after the first 12 matches of the 2023 Arnold Palmer Cup at Laurel Valley Golf Club.

In the tournament’s opening match, Team USA’s Derek Hitchner and Emilia Migliaccio led 1UP heading into the turn, but it was Team International’s Mateo Fernández de Oliveira and Julia Lopez Ramirez who used four back-nine birdies to claim victory, 1UP. 

“We had a rough start, but got warmed up, knew how to change our bags, and got more comfortable with each other on the back nine,” said Lopez Ramirez, who was 2-0 playing with Fernández de Oliveira in the 2022 Palmer Cup. “The good golf came and we were having a really good time out there.”

Megan Schofill and Caleb Surratt grabbed Team USA’s first point in Match 4 with their 4&3 win over Team International’s Herman Sekne and Mirabel Ting.

“We played really solid golf and had a lot of fun on the course today,” Schofill said. “Par is a good score on a lot of these holes, and whenever I felt like I was in a little bit of trouble, he (Surratt) made a lot of great putts and played phenomenal.”

After early-afternoon wins by Tyran Snyders/Chiara Tamburlini (4&3), Christo Lamprecht/Caley McGinty (4&3), and Ryan Griffin/Lottie Woad (3&2), Team International led 6-3 into the last three matches of the day. Team USA’s Gordon Sargent and Amari Avery, who were 2-0 when playing together in the 2022 Palmer Cup, defeated Team International’s Charlotte Heath and Frederik Kjettrup 3&2, and Arizona State Sun Devils Ashley Menne and Preston Summerhays used their 3&2 victory over Team International’s Lorna McClymont and Josele Ballester to grab Team USA’s fifth point. 

Team International’s Max Kennedy provided fireworks in the day’s final match to finish with fellow Ireland native Lauren Walsh. Needing to win the 18th hole to halve their match against Team USA’s Zoe Campos and Maxwell Moldovan, Kennedy hit the 198-yard approach shot two feet to the hole, which he eagled to halve the match. 

“That was special,” Kennedy said. “We were under the gun coming down to the last (hole), and I hit a good shot. Lauren’s been keeping me in it all day, so it was my time to give a little back.”

“We thought we’d have to make an eagle coming down to the last, and he’s been hitting that 7-wood great all day,” said Walsh. “I was walking up hoping that it was a 7-wood number for him.”

Pairings for tomorrow’s two rounds are listed below. Round 2 will begin at 7:30 am EST and will be followed by 1:30 pm beginning tee times for Round 3.

Round 2 ~ Foursomes Pairings

7:30 am (#1)

Caley McGinty/Lauren Walsh (International) vs. Rachel Kuehn/Emilia Migliaccio (USA)

7:30 am (#10)

Christiaan Maas/Tyran Snyders (International) vs. David Ford/Preston Summerhays (USA)

7:40 am (#1)

Ryan Griffin/Max Kennedy (International) vs. Nick Gabrelcik/Gordon Sargent (USA)

7:40 am (#10)

Caitlyn Macnab/Lorna McClymont (International) vs. Ashley Menne/Megan Schofill (USA)

7:50 am (#1)

Charlotte Heath/Lottie Woad (International) vs. Jennie Park/Crystal Wang (USA)

7:50 am (#10)

Mats Ege/Herman Sekne (International) vs. Maxwell Moldovan/Alex Price (USA)

8:00 am (#1)

Frederik Kjettrup/Christo Lamprecht (International) vs. Ben James/Caleb Surratt (USA)

8:00 am (#10)

Karisa Chul-Ak-Sorn/Mirabel Ting (International) vs. Olivia Mitchell/Ashleigh Park (USA)

8:10 am (#1)

Carla Bernat/Julia Lopez Ramirez (International) vs. Amari Avery/Antonia Malate (USA)

8:10 am (#10)

Josele Ballester/Sampson Zheng (International) vs. Tommy Kuhl/Derek Hitchner (USA)

8:20 am (#1)

Santiago de la Fuente/Mateo Fernández de Oliveira (International) vs. Cole Anderson/Austin Greaser (USA)

8:20 am (#10)

Maddison Hinson-Tolchard/Chiara Tamburlini (International) vs. Zoe Campos/Amanda Sambach (USA)

Round 3 ~ Mixed Foursomes Pairings

1:30 pm (#1)

Tyran Snyders/Chiara Tamburlini (International) vs. Ashley Menne/Preston Summerhays (USA)

1:30 pm (#10)

Madison Hinson-Tolchard/Christiaan Maas (International) vs. Nick Gabrelcik/Jennie Park (USA)

1:40 pm (#1)

Mats Ege/Caitlyn Macnab (International) vs. Megan Schofill/Caleb Surratt (USA)

1:40 pm (#10)

Christo Lamprecht/Caley McGinty (International) vs. Olivia Mitchell/Alex Price (USA)

1:50 pm (#1)

Ryan Griffin/Lorna McClymont (International) vs. Amari Avery/Gordon Sargent (USA)

1:50 pm (#10)

Herman Sekne/Lottie Woad (International) vs. Tommy Kuhl/Crystal Wang (USA)

2:00 pm (#1)

Charlotte Heath/Frederik Kjettrup (International) vs. Ben James/Ashleigh Park (USA)

2:00 pm (#10)

Karisa Chul-Ak-Sorn/Santiago de la Fuente (International) vs. Austin Greaser/Antonia Malate (USA)

2:10 pm (#1)

Mateo Fernández de Oliveira/Julia Lopez Ramirez (International) vs. Cole Anderson/Rachel Kuehn (USA)

2:10 pm (#10)

Mirabel Ting/Sampson Zheng (International) vs. Zoe Campos/Maxwell Moldovan (USA)

2:20 pm (#1)

Josele Ballester/Carla Bernat (International) vs. Derek Hitchner/Emilia Migliaccio (USA)

2:20 pm (#10)

Max Kennedy/Lauren Walsh (International) vs. David Ford/Amanda Sambach (USA)

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