honoring the king’s legacy: the arnold palmer cup

The GHS hosted a golf tournament at Arnold Palmer’s Latrobe Country Club on Monday, June 27 as well as a story-filled reception afterwards. The theme of the outing was Honoring the Legacy of Arnold Palmer.  The Palmer Spirit was alive in Latrobe.

The following weekend, Arnie’s presence was felt just as profoundly in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Golf Club de Genève, the site of the 26th rendition of the Arnold Palmer Cup (arnoldpalmercup.com).  For the third time in the past four editions, the Internationals won the Arnold Palmer Cup, breaking out of an 18-18 tie entering Sunday’s singles session by winning 13 of the 24 matches. They defeated the American squad by a score of 33-27.

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 men’s and women’s university/college golfers matching the United States against a team of International players.  Since 2018, it has featured 12 men and 12 women on both the American and international teams. The original Palmer Cup included only men from the U.S. against a team from Great Britain and Ireland. The Arnold Palmer Cup is the only major tournament which features men and women playing side-by-side as partners.

Since its inception, over 125 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on the PGA, European, or LPGA Tours; 32 have represented Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, or Solheim Cup and more than 65 have claimed over 285 victories on the PGA, European, or LPGA Tours, including three major champions in both 2020 and 2021. The United States leads the Palmer Cup series 13-12-1.

Click here for an earlier story on the Arnold Palmer Cup, written by GHS media specialist Sally J. Sportsman for a 2017 article.