LAS VEGAS – Evian Resort Golf Club, host of LPGA major The Evian Championship, will host the 22nd playing of the Arnold Palmer Cup in 2018. The first Arnold Palmer Cup to be held under the expanded format to include men’s and women’s USA collegiate golfers against the counterparts from around the world will also be the first to be held on continental Europe. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played July 6-8.
“Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation is pleased to welcome a new era of the Arnold Palmer Cup at Evian Resort Golf Club, a major championship venue and the first match host on the continent of Europe,” said Kevin Bingham, CEO of Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation. “Arnold Palmer was a worldwide ambassador for the game and the positive attributes that it can bring out in all of us. We’re honored the matches will continue to emphasize these principles to men’s and women’s collegiate golfers from around the world.”
Voted “Europe’s leading luxury golf resort 2015” at the World Luxury Hotel Awards, the Evian Resort is a golf destination not to be missed. Located in 148 acres of wooded parkland on the Shores of Lake Geneva, at the foot of the Alps, the Evian Resort Golf Club is a spectacular golf course with pace that asserts its strong French identity. The home to the Evian Championship, the only Major tournament in Continental Europe, it and offers the legendary quality of a championship course set in stunning natural surroundings. It is one of the oldest courses in France.
“We are delighted and honored to host an event as prestigious as the Arnold Palmer Cup, both for the tournament’s namesake, one of the greatest players in the sport's history, and for the chance it gives the top US & International top college golfers,” said Franck Riboud, Chairman of Danone and The Evian Championship. “This competition resonates with the policy pursued by the Evian Resort and the Evian Championship of giving the youngest players the opportunity to experience a Major, as this is part of their learning process and we are pleased to help them along this path. Because the future of golf lies with these young players already on the verge of success. And because we have always proclaimed our convictions and ambitions through The Evian Championship Juniors Cup, The Evian Championship qualifiers and now the Arnold Palmer Cup.”
The course at the Evian Resort Golf Club was totally redesigned in 2013 by a team of international architects. The objective was to give a strong identity to these 18 holes positioned in the heart of an exceptional natural setting while respecting a set of values, relating to protection of the environment. The course is today a true Major course, challenging, with a very clear, spectacular overall vision.
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, 101 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 172 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.