McCarthy secures Palmer Cup win and Evian spot

​The 23rd staging of the Palmer Cup concluded at The Alotian Club, Arkansas, yesterday afternoon with the tie finishing 33.5 - 26.5 in favour of the International Team

  • 10 June 2019

​Caption: International Team win the 2019 Palmer Cup - Image by Palmer Cup

The 23rd staging of the Palmer Cup concluded at The Alotian Club, Arkansas, yesterday afternoon with the final result 33.5 - 26.5 in favour of the International Team. Claiming 13 of the 24 points up for grabs during the Sunday singles matches, the International side become the first visiting team to win on U.S soil since 2009. The United States leads the all-time series 12-10-1. 

The Internationals earned points in four of the first five matches of the final day, with victories from Agathe Laisne (France), Alex del Rey (Spain), Lorna McClymont (Scotland), and Sofia Garcia (Paraguay).

Leading late down the stretch, Leonie Harm (Germany) hit her second shot on the Par 4 18th to four feet, setting her up for a birdie opportunity to get their team to 30 points of the needed 30.5 to win the tournament. A dominant 6&5 closing victory from Ana Belac sealed the Internationals first victory since 2016, ending the United States streak of back-to-back titles.

Julie McCarthy (Forest Little) was presented an invite to the Evian Championship this July for her efforts at The Alotian Club, a selection voted for by her fellow players. McCarthy contributed 3.5 points from a possible 4 over the weekend. The Swords native won her first two matches longside partner Sandy Scott (Scotland) on Friday and Saturday morning 3&2 and 6&5 while on Saturday afternoon she paired with Slovenian Ana Belac to secure a half point. In the final session of Sunday singles matches, Julie faced Hailee Cooper (University of Texas), again winning 2&1.

Alex Scott (USA) and Leonie Harm (International) were named recipients of the Michael Carter Award, which is presented to the Arnold Palmer Cup participant that best represents the qualities and ideals of sportsmanship, integrity and upholding of the game.

Chun An Yu of Taoyuan, Taiwan, was selected by both teams to receive the Arnold Palmer Cup exemption to the 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard.