Arnold Palmer Cup

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The Arnold Palmer Cup is an annual team golf competition for college/university golfers. From 2018 it has been contested between a United States team and an International team representing the rest of the world. The teams consist of 12 men and 12 women.[1] The teams are selected on the basis of nationality, not according to the location of the players' universities.

Arnold Palmer Cup
Location2019: Roland, Arkansas
Course(s)2019: The Alotian Club
FormatMatch play
Month playedJune (2019)
International team
2019 Arnold Palmer Cup


From its foundation in 1997 until 2017 the event was only contested by men. From 1997 until 2002 the United States played Great Britain & Ireland while from 2003 to 2017 the United States played a European team. Many of the European players attended American universities as sports scholarships have never been a feature of the university system in Europe. Until 2016, the event was known as the Palmer Cup.

From 1997 until 2013 the match was contested between eight-man teams. There were four four-ball matches, four foursome matches, and two sets of eight singles matches for a total of 24 points. From 2014 the teams were increased from eight to ten with five four-ball matches, five foursome matches, and two sets of ten singles matches for 30 points overall. The order of the four sessions has varied with the match being played over either two or three days.

From 2018 it has been contested between a United States team and an International team representing the rest of the world. The teams consist of 12 men and 12 women.


Year Winner Margin Venue Location
2019 International 33½–26½ The Alotian Club Arkansas
2018   United States 38½–21½ Evian Resort Golf Club France
2017   United States 19½–10½ Atlanta Athletic Club Georgia
2016   Europe 18½–11½ Formby Golf Club England
2015   United States 18–12 Rich Harvest Farms Illinois
2014   Europe 18½–11½ Walton Heath Golf Club England
2013   United States 20½–9½ Wilmington Country Club Delaware
2012   Europe 13½–10½ Royal County Down Golf Club Northern Ireland
2011   United States 13–11 The Stanwich Club Connecticut
2010   United States 13–11 Royal Portrush Golf Club Northern Ireland
2009   Europe 13–11 Cherry Hills Country Club Colorado
2008   Europe 14–10 Glasgow Golf Club Gailes Links Scotland
2007   United States 18–6 Caves Valley Golf Club Maryland
2006   Europe 19½–4½ Prestwick Golf Club Scotland
2005   United States 14–10 Whistling Straits, Irish Course Wisconsin
2004   Europe 14½–9½ Ballybunion Golf Club Ireland
2003   Europe 14–10 Kiawah Island Club, Cassique Course South Carolina
2002   United States 15½–8½ Doonbeg Golf Club Ireland
2001   United States 18–6 Baltusrol Golf Club New Jersey
2000   Great Britain &   Ireland 12½–11½ Royal Liverpool Golf Club England
1999   United States 17½–6½ Honors Course Tennessee
1998 Tied 12–12 Old Course and New Course Scotland
1997   United States 19–5 Bay Hill Club and Lodge Florida

Of the 23 matches, the United States team has won 12, the International/European/Great Britain and Ireland team has won 10, with 1 match tied.

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Michael Carter awardEdit

The Michael Carter Award was inaugurated in 2002. On February 13, 2002, former Penn State University golfer Michael Carter died in an automobile accident at the age of 19. "The Michael Carter “Junior” Memorial Award is presented to the Arnold Palmer Cup participant from each team who best represents the qualities and ideals that made this young man unique."[4]

Former participantsEdit

The following competitors have subsequently played in either the Ryder Cup or the Presidents Cup: Daniel Berger, Kevin Chappell, Ben Curtis, Luke Donald (2), Rickie Fowler, Lucas Glover (2), Bill Haas (2), J. J. Henry, J. B. Holmes, Dustin Johnson, Chris Kirk, Matt Kuchar (2), Hunter Mahan, Graeme McDowell (2), Francesco Molinari, Thomas Pieters, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Justin Thomas (2), Oliver Wilson (3).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Arnold Palmer and GCAA Announce Changes to Arnold Palmer Cup". Golf Coaches Association of America. May 25, 2015.
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  4. ^ "Michael Carter Award". Arnold Palmer Cup. Retrieved September 21, 2016.

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