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Arnold Palmer Cup name 2018 assistant coaches

Jan Dowling and Adrien Mörk have been named as assistant coaches on the International side for the 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup.

The organisers have also announced that Susan Rosenstiel and Ryan Blagg will serves on the United States coaching staff for the Ryder Cup-style match which gets underway at Evian Resort Golf Club in France from July 6 – 8.

Next year’s event marks the first match to be played under the new expanded format to include both men and women collegiate golfers.

Jan Dowling

The University of Michigan’s Jan Dowling has spent the last four seasons reshaping the golf program into a Big Ten and a national contender with the team making back-to-back trips to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships in 2016 and 2017.

After a four-year wait, Dowling's 2015-16 squad returned to the NCAA postseason by rallying with a sixth-place finish at the Alabama Regional to advance to the 2016 finals for just the second time in history and the first in 14 years.

Missing the first team cut by just four shots, the Wolverines tied for 18th to end a historic season. In 2017, Michigan tied for 16th while Elodie Van Dievoet tied for fourth in the individual event - both results were the best in their program history. Prior to her stint at Michigan, Dowling served as head coach at Florida from 2009-12 and was an assistant at Kent State, Duke and Tennessee.

As a collegiate golfer at Kent State, she helped lead the Golden Flashes to four-straight MAC championships. Dowling was the individual medallist two years in a row at the MAC Championship, a four-time first team All-MAC selection and was named the 2000 MAC Player of the Year.

Jan Dowling
Jan Dowling has been named as assistant coach for the International side.

Adrien Mörk

Mörk is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Texas Christian University (TCU) men's golf program, following two years as an assistant coach at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

In 2016-17, UCF recorded three team victories and four top-three finishes, highlighted by winning the NCAA College Grove Regional in Tennessee. That regional victory earned a national seed at the NCAA Championship at Rich Harvest Farms, where UCF finished in a tie for 14th.

Prior to joining the UCF, Mörk coached at the French Golf Federation and served as the team advisor at the 2015 European Team Championship in Sweden, where his squad finished in fifth-place.

As an amateur player, Mörk represented France at both the World Amateur Team Championship and a European Team Championships. As a professional, Mörk was the first player ever to shoot a 59 in any European Tour event, accomplishing that feat in the second round of the 2006 Morocco Classic on the Challenge Tour. He played the European Tour in 2007.

Adrien Mörk
Adrien Mörk will serve on the International side coaching staff in 2018.

Ryan Blagg and Susan Rosenstiel

Blagg is in his sixth season with the Baylor University men’s golf program. In 2017 he won the 2017 Jan Strickland Award presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf as the nation’s outstanding assistant coach. Last season, Blagg helped the Bears to the most successful year in program history. The 2016-17 squad won four tournaments and had a streak of seven consecutive top-three finishes. The university earned its first No. 1 national ranking in the Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll.

Rosenstiel is in her 15th season on the University of Alabama coaching staff. As well as being named as 2010 National Assistant Coach of the Year, Rosenstiel’s playing career at Tennessee and Florida, in addition to working at the University of Florida and as an assistant golf professional, will stand her in good stead.

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 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, 25 alumni have gone on to represent Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, and 53 have claimed 1916 victories on the PGA or European Tours. The United States leads the series 11-9-1.