Team USA Takes Lead in Round 2 of 2024 Palmer Cup


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LAHINCH, Ireland - Entering Saturday down 6.5-5.5, Team USA used seven victories and a Match 16 tie between twins David Ford/Maxwell Ford and Santiago de la Fuente/Omar Morales to jump ahead of Team International and lead the 2024 Arnold Palmer Cup through 24 matches 13-11.

The first four matches to come in all went Team USA’s way. After Match 15 came in a Maisie Filler/Amanda Sambach 5&4 victory, Mary Kelly Mulcahy and Farah O’Keefe used three birdies and an eagle to get past Team International’s Caitlyn Macnab and Louise Rydqvist 2&1.  

“Farah hits it really far, so I thought that, if I could chip in on some short game, we would work well together,” said Division II PING WGCA Player of the Year Mulcahy. “Mary Kelly is a great partner,” added Austin, Texas native O’Keefe. “Our attitude was fantastic, laughing and smiling down the fairway all morning, and we agreed to ‘no sorrys’ before we even teed it up. We had five shots out of the bunker and got every single one up and down.”

Ben James and Preston Summerhays then controlled Ryan Griffin and Filip Jakubcik throughout Match 23 for the 7&5 win.

“I had a slow start and Ben made some great putts to get us up early,” Summerhays, a 2023 PING First-Team All-American, said. “Playing with Preston is always amazing,” said James, who teamed up with seven other Palmer Cup alumni to win the 2023 Walker Cup at Old Course at St Andrews. “He has such a great attitude and that’s the key in this format. We were super excited and had a lot of fun out there.”

2024 NCAA Division I team champions and PING First-Team All-Americans Jackson Koivun and Brendan Valdes eagled their 11th hole and never looked back against Team International’s Phichaksn Maichon and Ben van Wyk in Match 19, claiming the 2UP victory.

“We had some struggles on the front nine where we weren’t finding very many fairways,” said Valdes. “We started turning it on on the back side with an eagle and a couple of birdies to keep it rolling. Playing with a college teammate and one of the best players I’ve ever seen, having that behind me being able to hit my next shot gave me comfort.”

Max Kennedy and Calum Scott grabbed Team International’s first point of the day with three birdies in their last seven holes and the 1UP win over Jack Lundin and Jackson Van Paris.

“We knew what situation we were in, being 1UP with one to play,” said 2024 The Open Championship qualifier Scott. “They were on the back of the green in three, so I made sure I brought it there to give Max a putt at it in case they holed it. Glad we came away with the win.”

Arizona State teammates Josele Ballester and Wenyi Ding carded five birdies in their highly-anticipated Match 18 against Team USA’s Michael La Sasso and Gordon Sargent to win 2&1. 2024 R&A The Women’s Amateur champion Melanie Green teamed up with five-time Palmer Cup participant Rachel Kuehn to claim their Match 22, 3&2 victory over Team International and Spain’s Carla Bernat and Paula Martín Sampedro. Down until Match 21’s 13th hole and tied on the 18th, 2024 R&A The Amateur champion Jacob Skov Olesen and Team International teammate Bastien Amat birdied the par-4 ninth to defeat Ian Gilligan and Jackson Klutznick 1UP.   

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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 at St. Andrews, The Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Baltusrol, The Honors Course, and Cherry Hills. Beginning with the 2018 matches at Evian Resort Golf Club, the Palmer Cup is the only major tournament that features men and women playing side-by-side as partners.

Since its inception, over 245 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on the PGA, DP World, or LPGA Tours; 44 have represented Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, or Solheim Cup and more than 90 have claimed over 425 victories on the PGA, DP World, or LPGA Tours, including 2023 major champions Jon Rahm (Masters Tournament), Lilia Vu (The Chevron Championship & AIG Women’s Open), Wyndham Clark (U.S. Open), Allisen Corpuz (U.S. Women’s Open), and Brian Harman (The Open), as well as 2023 FedEx Cup champion Viktor Hovland. The United States leads the Palmer Cup series 14-12-1.

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