The trio will be part of a 24-player United States squad that will compete against a team of international college golfers at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup, July 6-8, at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France. Alabama assistant women’s golf coach Susan Rosenstiel will serve as an assistant coach for the U.S. team.
The U.S. and international rosters were announced on the Golf Channel on Wednesday evening with Rosenstiel on hand to discuss the U.S. players who were selected.
Stephenson leads the Tide women’s team in scoring average at 68.24 with six top-10 finishes, including five in the top-three and one tournament victory. The junior leads the team in rounds in the 60s with 11 in 17 rounds played. The Lexington, S.C., native picked up her first career tournament win at the season-opening Mason Rudolph Championship on Sept. 17, tying for individual medalist honors with a school record 16-under par 200.
Gillman is second to Stephenson on the women’s squad with a 70.24 average with five top-10 finishes and one victory. The sophomore has been at par or lower in 12 of the Tide's 17 rounds this season. The Austin, Texas, native earned her second career victory at the Schooner Fall Classic on Sept. 25 when she equaled Stephenson’s week-old school record with a 13-under par 200 on the par-71 course.
“It’s a tremendous honor for Lauren and Kristen to be named to the first women’s Palmer Cup roster,” Alabama women’s golf coach Mic Potter said. “They are putting together fantastic seasons and careers at Alabama, and couldn’t be more deserving of this honor. Congratulations to both of them!
“I also want to again congratulate Susan Rosenstiel on her selection as the first Palmer Cup women’s assistant coach. She’s the best in the business and most deserving of this recognition.”
Riley has three top-five finishes and five top-10 results in Alabama's six tournaments played during the 2017-18 campaign. The Hattiesburg, Miss., native claimed his first career medalist honor when he captured the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational on Sept. 17 with career-low 54-hole score of 7-under par 200. The junior is currently rated by Golfstat.com as the No. 1 golfer in the nation and leads the Tide men’s team in scoring with 70.00 average.
“I am so proud of Davis making the Arnold Palmer cup team,” Alabama men’s golf coach Jay Seawell said. “This team represents the best in college golf and Davis has established himself as one of college’s elite players. This will be an experience that Davis will remember for a lifetime and it is a dream of his to make this team. There is no greater honor than playing for the USA and Davis will be a great representative.”
The Arnold Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup-style tournament co-founded by Arnold Palmer and The Golf Coaches Association of America in 1997. From 1997-2017, the tournament featured teams of men’s collegiate golfers representing the United States and Europe. The 2018 edition of the Arnold Palmer Cup will be the first to using the expanded format of United States men’s and women’s collegiate golfers facing their counterparts from around the world.
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