Local golfer Caolan Rafferty will compete at the Arnold Palmer Cup at Lahinch Golf Club this summer, a Ryder Cup-style tournament for the world’s best university golfers.
The Maynooth University student was named as a Committee Selection on the International team, which will face off against the USA from July 3-5 at the Clare course. The committee selections were made on Wednesday, from the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida.
Three men and three women per side were named as Committee Selections to be part of the 24-person mixed International team for the competition. Rafferty is one of four newcomers to be named to the team for this year’s event, alongside Ingrid Lindblad (LSU/Sweden), Pauline Roussin-Bouchard (South Carolina/France)and Ludvig Aberg (Texas Tech/Sweden).
Germany’s Matthias Schmid and Olivia Mehaffey will make their second Arnold Palmer Cup appearances. The remaining 18 places on the team will be finalised in the next four weeks.
Barry Fennelly, the Maynooth University Golf Programme Manager, was confirmed as an Assistant Coach for the International side earlier this year, meaning Rafferty will have a familiar face in his leadership team in the build up and during the tournament itself.
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Rafferty was the best place international player at the South African Stroke Play in Johannesburg last month, earning a third place finish with a five under par final round. The Irishman had come into the tournament fresh from finishing tied for sixth at the African Amateur at Leopard Creek. He scored two over par on the final day to end on +3.
Previous Palmer Cup representatives from Ireland include Julie McCarthy (2019), Ronan Mullarney (2018), Chloe Ryan (2018), Stuart Grehan (2016 and 2017), Gary Hurley (2013 and 2015) and Paul Dunne (2014).