TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Frederik Kjettrup and Amelia Williamson are set to represent the International Team in the 26th Annual Arnold Palmer Cup at the Golf Club de Geneve beginning Friday and running through Sunday.
The annual competition for college golfers consists of two teams (U.S.A vs. International) which are comprised of 12 men and 12 women.
The Arnold Palmer Cup was co-founded by Arnold Palmer and The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), and began in 1997 at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla. The event is a Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top men’s and women’s university/college golfers, with a team from the United States matching up against a team of International players.
Since its inception, over 125 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on the PGA, European or LPGA Tours; 29 have represented Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, and more than 60 have claimed over 275 victories on the PGA or European Tours, including three major championships in 2020 and two in 2021.
The United States, the defending champion, leads the Palmer Cup series 13-11-1. The International team has won two of the last three championships.
Kjettrup, a native of Denmark, is ranked No. 42 in the World Amateur Golf ranking. He led the Seminoles with a 71.46 scoring average this past season. Kjettrup’s scoring average is ranked as the 21st best scoring average for a single year in program history. He earned PING All-Southeast Region All-American honors and was an All-ACC selection in 2022.
“I’m honored to make the Arnold Palmer Cup team this year and represent the Internationals,” said Kjettrup. “We have a strong team, and I believe we have a very realistic chance of beating the Americans. There would be no better place to do that than on European soil.”
Kjettrup becomes the seventh Seminole to make the Palmer Cup, joining Jonas Blixt, Daniel Berger, Rowin Caron, Harry Ellis, John Pak and Vincent Norrman. Both Pak and Norrman competed in the event in 2021 at Rich Harvest Farms outside of Chicago.
Florida State (Kjettrup and Williamson) is one of 10 universities from the United States with multiple players competing in the 2022 Arnold Palmer Cup
Williamson, who recently competed in the Curtis Cup, is also making her first career appearance in the Palmer Cup.
“I think the Palmer Cup and the Curtis Cup championships are very different in their nature, but both bring the same challenges,” said Williamson. “The addition of a men’s team, and some mixed rounds are when I feel I will learn the most. I am super-excited to play for the World Team, and I am honored to be selected to play in two prestigious events.”
Williamson earned All-American Second-Team Honors from the WGCA, All-America Third-Team honors from Golfweek and was an All-ACC selection for the first time in her career in 2022. She averaged a career-low 72.04 strokes, won her first individual championship and led the Seminoles to a tie for fifth place finish in the NCAA Championship Finals in 2022.
Williamson earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management on April 30, 2022, from Florida State University. She will work on a second Bachelor’s Degree in Economics during the 2022-23 academic year.
“I learned a lot at the Curtis Cup,” said Williamson. “It was great to represent my country and play such a spectacular and famous course at the Merion Golf Club. I enjoyed playing on live TV and having the opportunity to experience big crowds for the first time in my career.
“At the Palmer Cup, I’m most looking forward to traveling and playing alongside players from across the globe. It’s always great to meet new people and create new friendships, both on the men’s and women’s side of the game.
Williamson’s selection to the 2022 Palmer Cup team marks the third time (Frida Kinhult in 2019 and Beatrice Wallin in 2021) and second consecutive year (Wallin in 2021 and Williamson in 2022) the Seminoles have been represented on the International Team at the Palmer Cup. Kinhult and Seminole assistant coach Robert Duck helped lead the International team to the championship in 2019.
“It’s always special to have a player be chosen to participate in the Arnold Palmer Cup,” said Seminole Women’s head Coach Amy Bond. “This year is no different, and this is a wonderful way to cap off Amelia’s great collegiate year. Having the opportunity to represent the World Team in Switzerland is special.”