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Palmer Cup matches moved to December, from Ireland to Florida
- Bay Hill photo
- Bay Hill photo

The Arnold Palmer Cup matches, the annual international competition among teams of the best men and women collegiate golfers, has been rescheduled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Originally scheduled for July 3-5 at Lahinch Golf Club in Ireland, the matches will now be played December 21-23 at the site of the inugural event in 1997: the Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Fla.

From a Golf Coaches Association of America press release:

"Mindful of the difficult and challenging time for everyone coping with the effects of this pandemic, it is hoped that rescheduling to December will allow the matches to be played in 2020. The guidance of leading public health authorities will dictate any further changes to the schedule, with this competition only taking place if it is safe and responsible to do so."

The matches will return to Lahinch Golf Club in 2024.

Amy Palmer Saunders released the following statement, "We look forward to welcoming the top men and women collegiate golfers to Bay Hill. My father would have wanted to find a way to honor their excellence in these unprecedented times and hosting the rescheduled Arnold Palmer Cup at Bay Hill will be a fitting way to do so. While we are disappointed not to visit Lahinch this summer, we are thrilled that Lahinch has agreed to host in 2024. The Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation, which carries on the legacy of my parent’s philanthropic initiatives, and conducts the Arnold Palmer Cup with the GCAA, WGCA and Foundation partners Rolex and Nike, is so appreciative of their support during these trying times, as well as The R&A and USGA. We are also especially grateful for our collaboration with Lahinch Golf Club, its members and the Lahinch community, and their collective support for the Arnold Palmer Cup. We anticipate a wonderful Palmer Cup in 2024."

ABOUT THE Palmer Cup

The annual Ryder Cup-style competition features top men and women collegiate players from the United States against their International counterparts.

Each team will be comprised of 12 men's and 12 women's golfers. Day one will feature Mixed Four-Ball competition, day two will see Mixed Foursomes in the morning and Four-Ball in the afternoon, with 24 singles matches on the final day.

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