NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two of Vanderbilt’s own have qualified to play in the 2022 Palmer Cup, the organization announced Tuesday.
Cole Sherwood and Gordon Sargent each finished inside the top six of the Palmer Cup Rankings and thus made the United States team which will compete July 1-3 at the Golf Club de Geneve in Switzerland.
“We are so proud of these guys for earning their way on the Arnold Palmer Cup team. They are great young men that have both played with a ton of consistency and showed they are winners,” Vandy head coach Scott Limbaugh said. “They represent Vanderbilt University and our golf program in a first class way in everything they do. I know they are excited to represent the USA and give the team everything they have.”
Sherwood ranks second among all players while Sargent ranks fourth. That duo will join Sam Bennett and Walker Lee of Texas A&M, Michael Thorbjornsen of Stanford, Palmer Jackson of Notre Dame, Nick Gabrelcek of North Florida, Michael Brennan of Wake Forest, Dylan Mennante of Pepperdine, Travis Vick of Texas, Johnny Keefer of Baylor and Jake Doggett of Midwestern State on Team USA.
Using Golfstat’s NCAA Player Ranking as a base, the Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking awards bonus points for wins and high finishes and a penalty for poor finishes. The ranking also contains a strength of schedule component.
The selection of Sherwood and Sargent to Team USA gives Vanderbilt 11 Palmer Cup members during Limbaugh’s tenure as Vandy head coach. William Moll competed for Team USA in the 2021 event.
The United States Palmer Cup teams consist of 12 men and 12 women golfers. The first six men’s and women’s players are selected using the Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking while the remaining players are selected by using five committee picks and one coach’s pick.
The Arnold Palmer Cup was co-founded by Arnold Palmer and The Golf Coaches Association of America and began at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida, in 1997. The event is a Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring matching the United States against Europe.
Since its inception, 101 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on either the PGA or European Tours, 25 alumni have gone on to represent Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup and 53 have claimed 1916 victories on the PGA or European Tours.