June 6, 2019
Palmer Cup Begins Friday for Kinhult, Duck

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State All-American Frida Kinhult will play as a member of the International Women’s Team and Seminole Assistant Coach Robert Duck will be an Assistant Coach for the International Team as play in the 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup gets underway Friday at The Alotian Club in Roland, Ark.  The competition, which runs Friday through Sunday, is set to be streamed worldwide via GolfChannel.com which will show the opening and closing ceremonies as well as all three days of golf.

The Arnold Palmer Cup is an annual team golf competition for college golfers.  The event was first contested in 1997 with the United States leading the competition by a 12-9 margin with one tie.  From 1997 to 2002, it was contested between teams from the United States and Great Britain.  In 2003 the competition became a series of matches contested by the United States and an international Team representing the rest of the world.  The teams consist of 12 men and 12 women.

The golfers compete in fourball matches, foursome and mixed foursome matches, and singles matches.

Kinhult recently completed an All-American season at Florida State during which she led the Seminoles to a No. 9 ranking in the final Golfstat poll of the season.  Her 2018-19 honors include: All-American First Team (WGCA); National Freshman of the Year (WGCA); Golfstat Cup Winner (low stroke average in Division I); ACC Golfer of the Year (Co); ACC Freshman of the Year; All-ACC; ACC Co-Golfer of the Month, October; ACC Co-Golfer of the Month, March; ANNIKA Award Fall 2018 Watch List; ANNIKA Award Spring 2019 Watch List and ANNIKA Award Top-3 Finalist (June 2019).

Kinhult set the school record for the low stroke average in a single season in school history at 70.66.

“It’s quite an honor to play in the Arnold Palmer Cup,” said Kinhult after her practice round on June 5.  “I am excited to play in this event and honored to be a member of the International Team.  To have the opportunity to play in an event with Arnold Palmer’s name on it is truly amazing. I have the opportunity to learn from other college players who are more experienced than I am, and that is going to help me improve my game.”

Seminole Women’s Head Coach Amy Bond, who will in attendance at the Alotian Club, is equally excited for her player to enjoy the amazing experience of playing in the event.

“This is only the second year that women have participated in this very special event,” said Bond.  “We are so proud to be represented by both a player and a coach in the Arnold Palmer Cup.  Frida and Ducky are such amazing members of our program, and we are so happy for them to have been hand-picked as leaders of the world of collegiate golf.”

Florida State Assistant Coach and Director of Player Development Robert Duck just completed his eighth season with the Seminoles. The engaging coach was recently a finalist for the Jan Strickland Award given to the nation’s most outstanding assistant coach, and played a vital role in the Seminole Men’s and Women’s Golf teams adding two more All-Americans this past season (Kinhult and John Pak). Both Kinhult and Pak were first-team All-Americans, adding to a total of 17 All-Americans on both sides under Duck’s tenure as assistant coach. Duck also competed in the second Arnold Palmer Cup in 1998, helping Great Britain & Ireland to a 12-12 tie with the United States in the second event.

“Everyone inside our golf programs knows what a great coach Robert has become,” said Director of Golf and Men’s Head Coach Trey Jones. “It’s great to see his abilities are recognized on a national level. He will be a great asset to the International Team.”

Live-streaming of the 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup can be viewed at www.GOLFChannel.com/livegolf, the NBC Sports app and GOLF Channel app – NBC Sports Group’s live-streaming products for mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs.

Mixed Fourball
Friday, June 7
12 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET

Mixed Foursomes
Saturday, June 8
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET

Foursomes
Saturday, June 8
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET

Singles Matches
Sunday, June 9
12 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET

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