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The assistant coaches for the 2021 Arnold Palmer Cup matches have been announced. So have some members of both Team USA, and the International Team.
For Team USA, Jean-Paul Hebert of Texas, and Jon Whithaus of Duke, will serve as United States assistant coaches. Assistant coaches for the International team are Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen of Baylor and Norway and Diana Cantu’ of Maryland and Mexico.
Hebert has developed several All-American’s at the University of Texas including last weekends PGA Tour WBC Match Play finalist Scottie Scheffler and Arlington Heights Illinois native Doug Ghim. In addition to two recent Western Amateur Champions Cole Hammer and Pierceson Coody.
THE FIRST PLAYERS named to the teams are for the USA. Ricky Castillo (Florida), Pierceson Coody (Texas), Allisen Corpuz (USC), and Rachel Kuehn (Wake Forest). All who played on the USA team last year. New members of Team USA are Brooke Matthews (Arkansas), and Trent Phillips (Georgia).
FOR THE INTERNATIONAL TEAM five players return from last years victorious International Team. England’s Alex Fitzpatrick (Wake Forest), China’s Yuxin Lin (Florida), Sweden’s Ingrid Lindblad (LSU), Spain’s David Puig (Arizona State), and France’s Pauline Roussin-Bouchard (South Carolina). New addition to the team is Beatrice Wallin (Sweden-Florida State).
Arnold Palmer Cup matches have always been hard fought (USA leads the all-time series 12-11-1). But since the inception of the Arnold Palmer Cup matches, over 100 former alumni have gone on to earn cards the PGA Tour, European PGA Tour or the LPGA Tour. With 29 players having played on Ryder Cup, or Presidents Cup. Three players won professional major championships in 2020.
The 2015 Arnold Palmer Cup matches where played at Rich Harvest Farms. Team USA won the cup that year, with current PGA Tour player Beau Hossler recording the winning point. But at that time, Hossler was attending the University of Texas.
Rolex remains a sponsor of the Arnold Palmer Cup. Because of the Rolex companies longtime partnership, dating back to 1967 with Arnold Palmer. The format is Ryder Cup style matches. So for more information on the matches, please visit ArnoldPalmercup.com.