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International hope at Arnold Palmer Cup

Opening round Mixed Fourball Pairings for the 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup hosted by The Alotian Club have been announced after the opening ceremonies on Thursday evening.

This year’s event will be the first played in the United States since the tournament was expanded to include both men and women players at the Evian Resort in Paris in 2018 where the United States picked up their 12th victory.

Friday's matches will tee off at 8:30 am (CDT)/ 1:30 pm (BST).

Good preparation

“The course is spectacular and that goes without saying,” said Head International Coach Mark Immelman. “It asks every question of every club in the bag, there’s room to drive the ball, and if you can hit the irons well and you can putt nicely there is a chance for some birdies.”

“I am really excited about our chances in the Mixed Fourball Matches, I’ve got a group of kids that have had good preparation and have been playing really nicely,” continued Immelman.

Immelman will turn to a pair of Swedes in the opening match of the day, which will be one of the more intriguing match-ups to watch. “One of the combinations I am looking forward to is our opening combination of Frida Kinhult and David Nyfjall who will be leading us off. Frida has been a superstar for Florida State all year and they will make a dynamite combination for us.”

Veteran leadership

For the United States, Head Coach Mic Potter is looking to some veteran leadership to get his team off to the right start, as three-time Arnold Palmer Cup member Chandler Phillips and two-time APC team member Mariel Galdiano will get things going for the Americans. “The first match is always important to get off to a good start and we have Chandler who is a three year veteran of the event and Mariel who is a returning member of the team,” said Potter. “We really wanted to make sure we got them out early to lead us off and get us off to a good start.”

The United States will look to retain the Arnold Palmer Cup, and with a victory will win for the third straight year.

The United States lead the all-time Arnold Palmer Cup series 12-9-1.

Friday Mixed Fourball Pairings (All times CDT)

8:30 a.m. – Match 1

Mariel Galdiano & Chandler Phillips vs. Frida Kinhult & David Nyfjall

8:45 a.m. – Match 2

John Augenstein & Emilia Migliaccio vs. Aled Greville and Lorna McClymont

9:00 a.m. – Match 3

Kaylee Benton & Patrick Martin vs. Julie McCarthy and Sandy Scott

9:15 a.m. – Match 4

Stephanie Lau & Alex Scott vs. Kengo Aoshima & Gabriela Ruffels

9:30 a.m. - Match 5

Austin Eckroat & Malia Nam vs. Agathe Laisne & Chun An Yu

9:45 a.m. – Match 6

Quade Cummins & Ann Parmerter vs. Ana Belac & Luis Gagne

10:00 a.m. – Match 7

Abbey Carlson & Will Gordon vs. Alex del Rey & Karoline Stormo

10:15 a.m. – Match 8

Will Grimmer & Haylee Harford vs. Lois Kaye Go & Peng Pichaikool

10:30 a.m. – Match 9

Peter Kuest & Kaitlyn Papp vs. Sofia Garcia & Ivan Ramirez

10:45 a.m. – Match 10

Jennifer Chang & Alex Smalley vs. Leonie Harm & Matthias Schmid

11:00 a.m. – Match 11

Dylan Kim & Brandon Wu vs. Takumi Kanaya & Hira Naveed

11:15 a.m. – Match 12

Hailee Cooper & Cole Hammer vs. Jiwon Jeon & Keita Nakajima