Sargent Added to 2023 Palmer Cup Team

Sophomore makes squad for second straight year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt sophomore Gordon Sargent was named Tuesday to the 2023 Arnold Palmer Cup team for the United States.

Sargent is the all-time leader for career wins (5) at Vanderbilt and currently ranked No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. A 2023 Masters Tournament participant and 2022 NCAA Division I individual national champion, Sargent won the Mason Rudolph Championship, John Hayt Invitational and East Lake Cup earlier this season.

One of the top six golfers from the final ranking from both the United States and International men and women, Sargent will compete at the Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, on June 8-10. 

United States team ranking qualifiers included Rachel Kuehn (Wake Forest), Crystal Wang (Illinois), Zoe Campos (UCLA), Megan Schofill (Auburn), Antonia Malate (San Jose State), and Ashleigh Park (Oregon) for the women and Sargent (Vanderbilt), Michael Thorbjornsen (Stanford), David Ford (North Carolina), Preston Summerhays (Arizona State), Ben James (Virginia) and Nick Gabrelcik (North Florida) for the men.  

United States team Committee selections were Austin Greaser (North Carolina), Tommy Kuhl (Illinois), Ashley Menne (Arizona State), Emilia Migliaccio (Wake Forest), Maxwell Moldovan (Ohio State), Jennie Park (Texas A&M), Amanda Sambach (Virginia) and Caleb Surratt (Tennessee). Olivia Mitchell (Dallas Baptist) and Alex Price (Christopher Newport) were the non-Division I selections.

Team USA head coach Michael Beard selected Derek Hitchner (Pepperdine) and Derek Radley selected Amari Avery (Southern California) as their coach’s picks.  

International team ranking qualifiers included Julia Lopez Ramirez (Mississippi State; Spain), Charlotte Heath (Florida State; England), Mirabel Ting (Augusta; Malaysia), Maddison Hinson-Tolchard (Oklahoma State; Australia), Karisa Chul-Ak-Sorn (Iowa State; Thailand) and Carla Bernat (Tulane; Spain) for the women and Christo Lamprecht (Georgia Tech; South Africa), Christiaan Maas (Texas; South Africa), Herman Sekne (Purdue; Norway), Tyran Snyders (Texas Tech; South Africa), Sampson Zheng (California; China) and Karl Vilips (Stanford; Australia) for the men.

International team Committee selections were Santiago de la Fuente (Houston; Mexico), Mateo Fernández de Oliveira (Arkansas; Argentina), Max Kennedy (Louisville; Ireland), Frederik Kjettrup (Florida State; Denmark), Andrea Lignell (Ole Miss; Sweden), Caley McGinty (Ohio State; England), Lauren Walsh (Wake Forest; Ireland) and Lottie Woad (Florida State; England). Ryan Griffin (Maynooth; Ireland) and Lorna McClymont (Stirling; Scotland) were the representatives from The R&A Student Tour Series.

Head coaches John Handrigan and Golda Borst selected Mats Ege (East Tennessee State; Norway) and Chiara Tamburlini (Ole Miss; Switzerland), respectively, as their coach’s picks.

Returners to the United States team include Kuehn (2020-22), Malate (2022), Mitchell (2022), Avery (2022), Sargent (2022), Thorbjornsen (2022), Gabrelcik (2021-22), Schofill (2020) and Migliaccio (2018-21). Lopez Ramirez, Tamburlini, McClymont (2019, 2022), Lamprecht, Fernández de Oliveira and Kjettrup return from the winning 2022 International squad, while Walsh (2021) makes her second appearance. 

The Arnold Palmer Cup was co-founded by Arnold Palmer and the Golf Coaches Association of America and began at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Florida, in 1997. The event is a Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top men’s and women’s university/college golfers matching the United States against a team of International players.

The Palmer Cup has been played at some of the world’s greatest courses, including The Old Course at St. Andrews, The Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Baltusrol, The Honors Course, and Cherry Hills. Beginning with the 2018 matches at Evian Resort Golf Club, the Palmer Cup is the only major tournament which features men and women playing side-by-side as partners.

The United States leads the Palmer Cup series 13-12-1.