ROLAND, Ark. – Led by a very impressive display of golf over the final two days, Duke University rising senior Ana Belac and Team International claimed the Arnold Palmer Cup Sunday at The Alotian Club in Roland, Ark.
The International Team notched 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. Overall, the International Team registered a 33.5-26.5 victory over the United States to halt back-to-back wins for the U.S.
Belac only needed 14 holes Sunday as the Slovenian international routed Mariel Galdiano (UCLA) on her way to secure a point and a win for Team International. Starting on the back nine, Belac grabbed an advantage straight away as she recorded a par on the first two holes and taking a 2UP lead as Galdiano was unable to match scores. Just three holes later the advantage rose to 4UP after back-to-back birdies from the Portoroz native.
The lead remained that way after nine holes despite flirting with 5UP after the 17th hole before the American recorded her first point of the afternoon. Belac proved too much on the day however, grabbing two straight pars on the fourth and fifth holes to secure a 6&4 victory with four holes left to be played.
After trailing following the first hole, recent Duke graduate Alex Smalley used wins on the second and third to take his first lead of the afternoon. Takumi Kanaya (Japan) shifted momentum back to his favor with wins at the sixth and seventh, but Blue Devil tied the match back up as the two went into the back nine all even. Smalley recorded an early advantage on the back, grabbing a birdie at the 10th for the third lead change of the afternoon. He wouldn’t relinquish the lead, and a birdie on the 18th sealed the 2 UP win as Team USA received what ended up as just a consolation point in the overall defeat.
Arnold Palmer Cup
The Alotian Club
June 9, 2019
International 33.5, USA 26.5
Agathe Laisne, International def. Jennifer Chang, USA 3&1
Alex del Rey, International def. Austin Eckroat, USA. 3&2
Cole Hammer, USA tied Peng Pichaikool, International, match halved
Lorna McClymont, International def Stephanie Lau, USA 3&2
Sofia Garcia, International def. Abbey Carlson, USA 2UP
Will Grimmer, USA tied Sandy Scott, International, match halved
Will Gordon, USA def. Chun An Yu, International 2&1
Lois Kaye Go, International def. Kaitlyn Papp, USA 1UP
Malia Nam, USA def. Karoline Stormo, International 5&4
Peter Kuest, USA def. Matthias Schmid, International 1UP
Alex Smalley, USA def. Takumi Kanaya, International 2UP
Hira Naveed, International def. Ann Parmefrter, USA 3&2
Emilia Migliaccio, USA tied Leonie Harm, International, match halved
Ivan Ramirez, International def. Brandon Wu, USA 3&2
Patrick Martin, USA def. Aled Greville, International 6&5
Julie McCarthy, International def. Hailee Cooper, USA 2&1
Frida Kinhult, International def. Dylan Kim, USA 4&2
Alex Scott, USA def. David Nyfjall, International 3&1
Quade Cummins, USA def. Kengo Aoshima, International 1UP
Gabriela Ruffels, International def. Haylee Harford, USA 2&1
Kaylee Benton, USA def. Jiwon Jeon, International 5&4
Chandler Phillips, USA def. Keita Nakajima, International 3&2
John Augenstein, USA tied Luis Gagne, International, match halved
Ana Belac, International def. Mariel Galdi