Top Collegiate Men and Women team up for the first time in the United States at The Alotian Club for the annual Ryder Cup-style US vs International competition
NORMAN, Okla. – The Alotian Club, one of America’s premier golf clubs, will host the 23rd playing of the Arnold Palmer Cup in 2019. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played 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.
“Many of the alumni of the Arnold Palmer Cup have become prominent professional golfers and have earned numerous victories around the world, including several of golf’s major championships.” said Kevin Bingham, CEO of Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation. “Arnold Palmer’s vision for growing golf globally and perpetuating golf’s positive character building attributes through the next generation of youth, is something that was very important to Mr. Palmer. Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation is honored to continue Arnold Palmer’s legacy of international team golf competition through this tournament. We’re grateful to The Alotian Club for hosting our event in 2019.”
Opened in 2004, The Alotian Club is ranked No. 27 on Golf Digest’s biennial ranking of “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.” The course was built by Little Rock businessman Warren Stephens and was identified by Golf Digest as the best new private course in the country in 2005.
“For generations, Arnold Palmer exemplified and embodied the spirit of golf and its guiding principles. The Alotian Club is honored to continue his legacy by hosting the Arnold Palmer Cup in 2019,” said Club Chairman Warren Stephens. “Since our inception, The Alotian Club has supported young golfers. We look forward to welcoming collegiate players from the United States and around the world to our course and our great state.”
Renowned golf architect Tom Fazio designed the course, which measures 7,480 yards from the championship tees. The course plays 6,780 yards from member tees and 5,385 yards from forward tees. The course’s signature trait is elevation change, with the most dramatic coming at the sixth hole with a 100-foot drop from the tee to green.
The Alotian Club hosted the 111th Western Amateur in 2013.
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 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.
About Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation
It all began in the 1960’s when Arnold Palmer’s go-for-broke style of golf bolstered a legion of fans, coined by the press as Arnie’s Army. Palmer's charisma and unfailing sense of kindness and thoughtfulness endeared him to millions around the world. Over the past four decades, the Palmer family have contributed time and resources to support their passion of helping others and in so doing have made a profound impact on many lives. Founded in 2015, Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation has been entrusted to continue Arnold Palmer’s legacy of philanthropy by investing in the health, well-being and development of children & youth. For more information, or to join Arnie's Army, please visit ArniesArmy.org or contact Kevin Bingham at 407-876-3944 or firstname.lastname@example.org.