TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Frida Kinhult defeated Dylan Kim in her final singles match of the competition and helped the International team take the championship by a 32.5-26.5 margin over the United States as play in the Arnold Palmer Cup at the Alotian Golf Course in Roland, Ark., came to a close on Sunday.
Kinhult enjoyed an action-packed week as she finished with a 2-2 record – a slate that included wins in the Mixed Foursome and Individual competitions.
Kinhult played with David Nyfjell of Northwestern University in the opening round of the event in the Mixed Fourball Matches and fell 4&3 to Mariel Galdiano of UCLA and Chandler Phillips of Texas A&M. She again played with Nyfjell and the pair defeated Emilia Migliaccio of Wake Forest and John Augenstein of Vanderbilt in the Mixed Foursome Matches by a 3&2 score on Day 2. Kinhult teamed with Agathe Laisen of the University of Texas in the Foursome Matches in the afternoon of Day 2 two and fell to Abbey Carlson of Vanderbilt and Migliaccio of Wake Forest by a 3&1 score. Kinhult’s victory in the morning session on Saturday enabled to the World Team to take a 20.5-15.5 lead after the second of three days of play. She then defeated Dylan Kim of the United States team at the University of Arkansas in the Day 3 singles matches by a 4&2 margin.
“Playing as a member of the World Team in the Arnold Palmer Cup was an amazing experience,” said Kinhult. “Playing as a team is always special whether it’s for your club, your country or your university — and now as a member of the World Team – just wow! To get the W was super cool, especially when it’s “away” and to beat the Americans at their “home” is special. It’s a great feeling. The team did a great job to get together and get to know each other early on the week which I believe paid off in a great way at the end.”
The International team earned 13 of the 24 points up for grabs during the Sunday singles matches, becoming the first visiting team to win on U.S soil since 2009. The United States leads the all-time series 12-10-1.
Kinhult flew back to her native Sweden at the conclusion of the Arnold Palmer Cup to continue her summer schedule which includes an event this week on the Ladies European Tour on her home course.
Florida State Assistant Coach and Director of Player Development Robert Duck served as an assistant coach for the victorious World Team.
“The opportunity to help coach the World Team at the Arnold Palmer Cup is a week I will never forget.” Said Duck. “It was an honor to be part of such a wonderful event with such a classy group of individuals. To watch a group of young men and women from eighteen different countries come together in three days and perform the way they did was an experience I will learn a lot from. It couldn’t have happened without the team of coaches I worked with, three very intelligent golf minds who I am now very lucky to call my friends.”
Duck also considers himself fortunate to have coached Kinhult.
“To watch Frida blend into a leadership role on the team who everyone looked up to was fun to see,” said Duck. “I was not surprised as I had seen it all year. I think it is fair to say that the performance that Frida and the girls put in on the final day was the reason we got across the line.”