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Palmer Cup Going to Have Sparky All Over

Palmer Cup Going to Have Sparky All Over

Sun Devil Men’s Golf head coach Matt Thurmond is coachingTeam USA at the 2024 Arnold Palmer Cup held July 5-7 at Lahinch Golf Club in Lahinch, Ireland.

He won’t be the only Sun Devil hanging out in Ireland. Arizona State has the most selections by school with three, while 11 others have more than one. Preston Summerhays will be representing Team USA while Wenyi Ding and Josele Ballester will be competing for the international squad.


Freshaman Wenyi Ding is the top-ranked NCAA golfer since joining the team in January has five top-10 finishes in six events, including his NCAA record 27-under 189 at the Amer Ari Invitational (Feb. 8-10, 2024/Mauna Lani North Course). He also has finished second (National Invitational), tied for third (Thunderbird Collegiate) and fourth (Valspar Collegiate) and has a 68.33 stroke average in six tournaments which included a 10-under 62 in the third round of the Amer Ari Invitational.


Summerhays won the first tournament of the year at the Sahalee Players Championship (Sept. 9-10, 2023/Sahalee Country Club) with a 5-under 211 and also won ASU’s Thunderbird Collegiate (Apr. 12-13, 2024/Papago Golf Course) with a 12-under 201. He has a 70.96 stroke average entering the Pac-12 Tournament. The two-time All-American went 2-1-1 in helping USA win another Walker Cup last fall.


Ballester has fired three rounds of 64 in his Sun Devil career and has four top-10 finishes this year. He has a 70.55 stroke average on the year as the two-time honorable mention All-American never let an early lead get too far away at the European Amateur Championship in Estonia last summer to earn an invitation to The 151st Open Royal held in Liverpool. He shot 10-under 62 in round one and never looked back in winning the title.


The Ryder Cup style competition features the best men’s and women’s collegiate golfers against their international counterparts in an event that’s been played annually since 1997, with the addition of the women’s competition in 2018. Team USA leads the all-time series 14-12-1.


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