DULUTH, GA (April 13, 2017) - With the 2017 Arnold Palmer Cup Matches just under two months away we had a chance to talk with Team Europe captain David Inglis.
During the conversation we talked about the fast approaching matches (June 9-11) at the Atlanta Athletic Club and also about his Arnold Palmer story.
Currently, Inglis is in the midst of his third season at the helm of the Northwestern Wildcats and he is preparing to lead them into conference tournament play.
Inglis joined the Northwestern coaching staff as an assistant for the 2010-2011 and was then elevated to head coach after three seasons.
Prior to joining the Wildcat staff Inglis, from Edinburgh, Scotland, played collegiately at Tulsa (2000-2004) and during his career he made two European Palmer Cup teams, the victorious 2003 European Walker Cup team all while being named an All-American three-times.
Following his college career, Inglis turned professional in 2004 and spent time competing on the European Tour, the Challenge Tour and various mini tours.
Inglis also won the 2000 British Boys Amateur Championship.
Sam Dostaler: What does it mean to you to be able to represent Europe and be the captain of the Palmer Cup team?
David Inglis: It means a lot, the event has a special place in my life. The fact that I played as a collegiate player and was an assistant coach and now to be involved as a head coach is really a dream come true and really the highest honor that you can receive in college golf, to coach an international team. It is really special to me and I am really excited for the event, with it being the last European team that makes it a little bit more special.
*Editors Note: Beginning in 2018 the Palmer Cup format will be changing in an effort to help grow the event. The European team will become the International team and the rosters will be expanding to 24 players to include 12 men and 12 women competitors on each team.
SD: When did you play in the Palmer Cup?
RI: So I played in the event before it was Europe, when it was Great Britain & Ireland and I played in it in 2001 at Baltusrol and then on the first European team to win on American soil in 2003 at Kiawah Island.
SD: What are some of your best memories as a competitor?
RI: Well 2001 we got killed at Baltusrol, but 2003 at Kiawah Island was a lot better memory. But great experiences, got to play some great players throughout the matches.
I think my first year I played three matches against Bryce Molder, second time around I played Brandt Snedeker and Ryan Moore so it was always fun to go up against the best players in college golf.
And this year is no different. We have two great teams, a great venue at Atlanta Athletic Club and it will be special week.
SD: You have been involved in the event a long time, do you have any Arnold Palmer stories?
RI: Having played and coached before I have been fortunate enough to meet Arnie a couple times. 2011 comes to mind at The Stanwich Club when I was the assistant coach for Europe and he invited the four coaches to lunch and that was pretty cool to just sit down and have lunch for an hour and chat with him. I ordered an Arnold Palmer drink so I can brag about that. It was incredible how much he supported the event, he really loved it.
At one point that week players from each side got up and spoke and kind of told Arnold what he meant to them and how thankful they were that he was there and how special it was. It brought the guy to tears, so it just shows you how much he really cared about the game and future of the game and that is why he created this event. It will be his lasting legacy and it is really cool.
SD: What comes next as far as preparation goes?
RI: The players are all so busy at their universities right now with the end of the regular season, conference championships and then obviously NCAA's but I have had a chance to chat with everybody on the team so that was good, get to know them a bit and then between now and the event it is just about making sure that they have everything they need and then really planning for bringing them all together the week of.
We will have a few days before hand, a couple of practice rounds just to bond together as a team and get to know each other and figure out our pairings.
My assistant Alan Murray and I have been in conversation trying to come up with our strategy and plan so it it is just a whole lot or preparation.
*If you are looking for additional Palmer Cup coverage then check out our conversation with Team USA captain John Fields.