LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech junior Sandy Scott and senior Ivan Ramirez have earned their way onto the Arnold Palmer Cup International Team as automatic qualifiers for the prestigious event that will be played at The Alotian Club in Arkansas. The 23rd annual Ryder Cup-style competition is set for June 7-9 and will be the first to be played in the United States expanded to include men's and women's USA collegiate golfers against their counterparts from around the world.
"We are very happy for Sandy and Ivan," said Texas Tech associate head coach Mikkel Bjerch. "The Arnold Palmer Cup is a unique and prestigious event that will be an experience of a lifetime for them. They are both more than deserving of the recognition. Their already elite golf games are continuing to improve and it's great to watch. Both are excellent students and great representatives for Texas Tech. To have a minimum of two Red Raiders make the cup the past three years is an incredible honor for our program."
A Scotland native, Scott is ranked No. 27 in the most recent Golfstat rankings with a 70.21 scoring average with three top-10 finishes this season. Scott finished fourth overall at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate to help lead the No. 11-ranked Red Raiders to the team title last week. He also finished fourth at the Showdown in the Rockies back in September. Ramirez is coming off a ninth-place finish at this week's Southern Highlands Collegiate where he shot 72-71-70 – 213. He has three top-10 showings so far this year and is currently ranked at No. 33 nationally.
The United States is led by returners from last year's victorious team Mariel Galdiano (UCLA), Dylan Kim (Arkansas), Emilia Migliaccio (Wake Forest), Kaitlyn Papp (Texas), and Chandler Phillips (Texas A&M). Phillips will become the first American to play in three Arnold Palmer Cups. Will Gordon also brings past Arnold Palmer Cup experience as he competed in the 2016 matches at Formby. Arnold Palmer Cup Rankings selections for the men include Peter Kuest (BYU), Alex Smalley (Duke), Gordon, Will Grimmer (Ohio State), Cole Hammer (Texas), and Brandon Wu (Stanford) while Galdiano, Kim, Jennifer Chang (Southern California), Malia Nam (Southern California), Haylee Harford (Furman), and Papp made the women's rankings.
John Augenstein (Vanderbilt), Abbey Carlson (Vanderbilt), Hailee Cooper (Texas), Quade Cummins (Oklahoma), Austin Eckroat (Oklahoma State), Stephanie Lau (Northwestern), Migliaccio, Ann Parmerter (Dallas Baptist), Phillips, and Alex Scott (Grand Valley State) were Team USA committee selections.
The International team is represented by 17 countries across six continents. Five players return from last summer's matches, including Luis Gagne (LSU/Costa Rica), Jiwon Jeon (Alabama/Repulic of Korea), Jovan Reula (Auburn/South Africa), Patty Tavatanakit (UCLA/Thailand), and Albane Valenzuela (Stanford/Switzerland). International men's ranking selections were Chun An Yu (Arizona State/Taiwan), Matthias Schmid (Louisville/Germany), Peng Pichaikool (Mississippi State/Thailand), Sandy Scott (Texas Tech/Scotland), Ivan Ramirez(Texas Tech/Colombia), and Kengo Aoshima (Wake Forest/Japan) and women's ranking selections included Frida Kinhult (Florida State/Sweden), Tavatanakit, Hira Naveed (Pepperdine/Australia), Julie McCarthy (Auburn/Ireland), Valenzuela, and Jeon.
International committee selections were Ana Belac (Duke/Slovenia), Alex Del Rey (Arizona State/Spain), Gagne, Lois Kaye Go (South Carolina/Philippines), Leonie Harm (Houston/Germany), Takumi Kanaya (Tohoku Fukushi/Japan), Agathe Laisne (Texas/France), and Rebula. Aoshima and Kanaya are the first players from Japan, Belac the first from Slovenia, Go from the Philippines, Naveed from Australia, and Ramirez from Colombia and South America. Additionally, Kanaya and Pichaikool are the first players from their universities.
A spot on the International side will be reserved for both a men's and women's golfer for The R&A Scholar Tournament champion, which will be held at St. Andrews April 1-2. The four coach's picks will be announced May 3 on Golf Channel's Morning Drive.
Texas Tech will return to competition in two weeks at the Lake Charles Invitational in Lake Charles, Louisiana before tournaments in College Station and California leading into the Big 12 Conference Championships on April 26-28 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
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 male university/college golfers matching the United States against Europe. In 2018, the participants will include corresponding women golfers who will be added to both the USA and International teams and will thus become the only major tournament which features men and women playing side-by-side as partners.
Since its inception, 97 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on either the PGA or European Tours, 22 alumni have gone on to represent Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, and 47 have claimed 170 victories on the PGA or European Tours. The United States leads the series 10-9-1.
Arnold Palmer Cup is supported by Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation. The Arnold Palmer Cup provides a platform for perpetuating Arnold Palmer's commitment to youth development and the growth of amateur/collegiate golf. For more information, please visit ArnoldPalmerCup.com.