SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Beatrice Wallin, a 2021 First-Team All-American selection by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association, begins play in the 25th Annual Arnold Palmer Cup at Rich Harvest Farms beginning Friday. Named after the late Arnold Palmer, the three-day Ryder Cup-style tournament features the top male and female collegiate golfers, with the United States facing off against an International team.
Wallin, a native of Sweden, is a member of the International Team. Each team is comprised of 24 players – 12 men and 12 women. The U.S. leads the all-time series by a 12-11-1 margin with the internationals having won the last two event championships in 2019 and 2020.
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to play in the Palmer Cup this week,” said Wallin. “I have heard so much about this event and how fun it is to be part of it, so I’m very excited.”
Wallin was named 2021 ACC Golfer of the Year and is a two-time All-ACC selection. She ranks second in school history with her 71.96 stroke average and owns three of the top-10 single-season best stroke averages in school history – second-best (70.72 in 2020-21), sixth-best (72.24 in 2019-20) and 10th-best (72.77 in 2018-19). Wallin earned All-American First Team honors from the WGCA as a junior in 2021, All-American Honorable Mention honors from the WGCA and Golfweek as a sophomore in 2020 and All-American Honorable Mention honors from Golfweek as a freshman in 2019. She played in the historic inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship at Augusta National (2019) and the second ANWA in 2021.
Following two practice rounds on Wednesday and Thursday, the competition begins on Friday and continues through Sunday. The players will play in mixed four ball matches on Friday, mixed foursomes on Saturday (morning and afternoon matches), and singles on Sunday.
The four ball play is a match where each player of the two-person team plays his/her own ball. Four balls are in play per hole with each of the four players recording a score on each hole. The team whose player posts the best score wins the hole; should the top player from each team tie for the best score, the hole is tied (halved).
The foursome play is a match in which two players on one team play against two golfers from the opposite side with each team playing one ball. The golfers play alternate shots until the hole is played out. The team with the better score wins the hole.
The inaugural Arnold Palmer Cup tournament was played at the Bay Hill Club in Orlando in 1997. The United States defeated a team comprised of players from Great Britain and Ireland in that first event. The International team was expanded in 2002 to include players from across Europe.
“I am excited that Bea has the opportunity to play in the Arnold Palmer Cup,” said Florida State Head Coach Amy Bond, who led the Seminoles to a school-best ninth place finish at the 2021 NCAA Championship Finals. “She had a great year and this is a great way to top off the season for college golf. The Arnold Palmer Cup is such a fun experience and I am thrilled to have another Seminole participating in it.”
The Florida State Men’s and Women’s Golf programs have a storied history in the Arnold Palmer Cup.
Frida Kinhult, the most decorated women’s player in school history, led the Internationals to the championship in 2019. Her team was coached by Florida State Assistant Coach Robert Duck. Duck played in the second event in 1998, where he helped Great Britain & Ireland to a 12-12 tie with the United States. All-American Jonas Blixt, who played in the event twice (2007 and 2008) helped lead the International side to the championship in 2008. Most recently, All-Americans John Pak (U.S.) and Vincent Norrman (Internationals) competed against each other in 2020 with Norrman and the Internationals taking the championship. Harry Ellis, a two-time regional All-American, was a member of the International team in 2017. Former Seminoles Daniel Berger (2013), Jack Maguire (2014, 2015) and Rowin Caron (2015) have also participated in the Arnold Palmer Cup.
Livestats for the event can be found at Golfstat.com.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
8:30, Practice Rounds (split tees)
Thursday, June 10, 2021
9:00, College-Am (shotgun start)
5:00, Opening Ceremonies
Friday, June 11, 2021
8:30-11:15, Mixed Fourball Matches (No. 1 Tee)
Saturday, June 12 2021
7:30-8:20, Foursomes (split tees)
1:30-2:20, Mixed Foursomes (split tees)
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Singles, 7:30-9:20, Singles (split tees)
Closing Ceremonies, 30 minutes after play concludes