Stirling golfer set for coveted Arnold Palmer Cup

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Penny Brown is part of the University's high performance golf programme.

University of Stirling golf star, Penny Brown, is heading to America next week after being selected to play in the Arnold Palmer Cup at the Rich Harvest Farms club in Illinois. 

The Sport Management Masters student is part of an International side, with student athletes from 13 other countries, that will take on their US counterparts in one of the leading amateur team golf events.

The match is a Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top men’s and women’s university/college golfers from across the world and has seen over 100 former players go on to earn cards on either the PGA, European or LPGA Tours.

Commenting on her selection, Brown said: “I am looking forward to the opportunity of competing in the Arnold Palmer Cup and getting to play with top amateurs from some of the best colleges in the US. I have heard lots about the competition throughout my time at Stirling and feel very privileged to have been selected. I can’t wait to get out to there. 

“Stirling has allowed me to focus on my golf as well as my academics and I feel the support I have received from Dean (High Performance Golf Coach), John (Sport Psychologist) and Josh (Strength and Conditioning) has helped me develop my game and be prepared for the upcoming season and the Palmer Cup.”

University of Stirling Head of Performance Sport, David Bond, said: “I am delighted for Penny that her continued hard work and commitment has earned her a place to compete at this year’s Arnold Palmer Cup.

“She is a dedicated student athlete who has made the most of the opportunities available to her through the sports scholarship programme, so it’s great to see this now paying off for her.

“It’s going to be really exciting to see her go head-to-head with some of the very collegiate golfers in the world this summer, as well as continue to fly the flag for the University of Stirling on the international stage.”

The Arnold Palmer Cup was co-founded by Arnold Palmer and The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and began at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge in 1997.

The event has been played at some of the world’s greatest courses and in 2018, became the only major tournament to feature men and women playing side-by-side as partners. The United States currently leads the series 12-10-1.

The Arnold Palmer Cup is supported by Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation and is a demonstration of Arnold Palmer’s commitment to youth development and the growth of amateur/collegiate golf.

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