TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State redshirt junior golfer Harry Ellis received quite the honor on Thursday when it was announced that he made the Arnold Palmer Cup for Team Europe. The announcement was made during the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge.
The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played June 9-11 at Atlanta Athletic Club. Ellis was one of six Europeans chosen based on the ranking selections, while two more were selected by the Arnold Palmer Cup Committee and one was a Coaches’ Pick.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the Arnold Palmer Cup and have the opportunity to represent Europe,” Ellis said. “I’ve put in a lot of time and effort to get my game to the level that allows me to be a part of these special events. It is extremely satisfying when the efforts are rewarded along the way.
“I am also grateful for the people around me at FSU, coaches, team members, staff and also the people back home who have pushed me and supported me over the past couple of years. At times it’s not always been easy, so I’m thankful to them too.”
Ellis has put forth a remarkable transformation in his overall game to get to this point. In his first two years of time on the course with FSU, he recorded one round in the 60s. In the 2016-17 year, he has already recorded eight rounds in the 60s and is averaging a score of 71.04.
The hard-working European already has two Top-5 finishes this year as well, placing fifth at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate in the fall and finishing second at last weekend’s Seminole Intercollegiate.
Texas Tech and Sweden’s Hannes Ronneblad and Fredrik Nilehn, Kristoffer Ventura of Oklahoma State (Norway), Jacksonville’s David Wicks (England), Ellis of Florida State (England) and Missouri’s Rory Fransson (Scotland) qualified for Team Europe by finishing in the top six of the Arnold Palmer Cup Player Ranking. Committee selections were Maynooth’s Stuart Grehan (Ireland) and Viktor Hovland of Oklahoma State (Norway). Richard Mansell of Nova Southeastern (England) was David Inglis’ coach’s pick. The final member of the team will be the winner of The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament, which will be contested April 3-4.
The six United States players determined by the ranking included Sam Burns of LSU, Texas A&M’s Chandler Phillips, Collin Morikawa of California, Virginia’s Jimmy Stanger, Stanford’s Maverick McNealy and Oregon’s Norman Xiong. John Coultas of Florida Southern, Southern California’s Sean Crocker and Illinois’ Nick Hardy were committee selections. Coultas was the designated non-Division I player. Doug Ghim of Texas was John Fields’ coach’s pick.
Ellis joins Jonas Blixt (Sweden) as the two Seminoles who have been chosen to participate in the Arnold Palmer Cup. For more information visit arnoldpalmercup.com.
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