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Mehaffey and Rafferty secure Palmer Cup selection

​​Since its inception, over 100 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on either the European, LPGA​ or PGA Tours. 

  • 05 March 2020

Caption: Olivia Mehaffey during the 2018 World Amateur Team Championships (Image by Pat Cashman)

Arizona State’s Olivia Mehaffey and Maynooth University’s Caolan Rafferty have been named as Committee Selections to compete at the Arnold Palmer Cup at Lahinch Golf Club from July 3-5, 2020.

The committee selections for the Arnold Palmer Cup were announced on Golf Channel’s Golf Central at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Three men and three women per side were named.

On the International side, Mehaffey and Matthias Schmid of Germany (Louisville) both make their second appearance in the Arnold Palmer Cup. Four newcomers join Mehaffey and Schmid in Ingrid Lindblad (LSU/Sweden), Pauline Roussin-Bouchard (South Carolina/France), Rafferty and Ludvig Aberg (Texas Tech/Sweden).
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Caption: Caolan Rafferty (Maynooth University) (Image by Golffile)

The United States team is led by a pair of returners in Emilia Migliaccio (Wake Forest) and Kaitlyn Papp (Texas), who will become the second and third Americans to play in three Arnold Palmer Cups, as the duo has combined to contribute 11.5 of a possible 16 points the past two events. Joining Migliaccio and Papp on the American side will be Ricky Castillo (Florida), Kaitlin Milligan (Oklahoma), John Pak (Florida State), and Davis Thompson (Georgia).

The remainder of the 24 player mixed International team will consist of 12 players selected using the APC Ranking (25 March), four additional committee / coach’s picks and the two winners of the The R&A Student Tour Series Final (7 April).

Barry Fennelly, Maynooth University Golf Programme Manager was confirmed as an Assistant Coach for the International side earlier this year.

Recent Palmer Cup representatives from Ireland include Julie McCarthy (2019), Ronan Mullarney (2018), Chloe Ryan (2018), Stuart Grehan (2016 and 2017), Gary Hurley (2013 and 2015) and Paul Dunne (2014).

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 Arnold 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. The 2018 matches at Evian Resort Golf Club became the only major tournament which features men and women playing side-by-side as partners.

Since its inception, over 100 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on either the PGA Tour, European Tour or LPGA, 29 have represented Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, and more than 60 have claimed over 240 victories on the PGA or European Tours. The United States leads the series 12-10-1.