TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Golf’s Robert Duck earned a huge honor on Tuesday morning when he was named one of the assistant coaches for the International Team at the 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup held June 7-9 at The Alotian Club in Roland, Ark.
The Arnold Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup-style event featuring the top men’s and women’s collegiate golfers that pits the United States vs. International players. Duck, who is in his eighth season as an assistant coach at Florida State, will be FSU’s sixth representative in the event.
“Getting asked to be an assistant coach was an honor,” Duck said. “Having played in The Arnold Palmer Cup, it is close to my heart and it’s a wonderful event. It’s a wonderful way to showcase the kids who are part of college golf. Now that they’ve incorporated the women into it, it really enhances the event.”
Seminole Alums Jonas Blixt (2007, 2008), Daniel Berger (2013), Jack Maguire (2014, 2015), Rowin Caron (2015) and Harry Ellis (2017) have also participated in the Arnold Palmer Cup. Duck played in the second event in 1998, where he helped Great Britain & Ireland to a 12-12 tie with the United States.
Through his tenure at Florida State, Duck has played a vital role in the success of both the men’s and women’s golf teams. During his time, he has assisted both programs in reaching No. 1 rankings, and last year he was named one of six finalists for the Jan Strickland Award given to the nation’s most outstanding assistant coach in collegiate golf.
In Duck’s eight seasons working with both programs, Florida State Men’s and Women’s Golf have each made the NCAA post-season every year. His first seven full seasons have included a combined 15 All-Americans on both sides, 29 All-ACC selections, two ACC Golfers of the Year and three ACC Freshmen of the Year.
Last year, Duck played an integral role in helping the women’s golf program achieve a record six tournament titles in 2018. Florida State Men’s Golf added four tournament championships in the 2017-18 year.
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 Arnold Palmer Cup has been played at some of the world’s greatest courses including The Old Course, The Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Baltusrol, The Honors Course, and Cherry Hills.
The 2018 matches at Evian Resort Golf Club became the only major tournament which features men and women playing side-by-side as partners.
Since its inception, over 100 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on either the PGA Tour, European Tour or LPGA, 28 have represented Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, and more than 50 have claimed over 200 victories on the PGA or European Tours. The United States leads the series 12-9-1.