EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — The United States retained the Arnold Palmer Cup with a strong showing in Sunday’s single matches, claiming 18 of 24 possible points to defeat the International team, 38.5-21.5, at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Evain-les-Bains, France.
Alabama women’s golfer’s Kristen Gillman capped a weekend that saw her finish 3-1 in her matches with a 4&3 singles win over Wenyung Keh (New Zealand/Washington). After halving two of the first three holes, Gillman took the lead with a birdie on No. 4 and went on to clinch the match with a birdie on 15.
Gillman’s UA teammate Lauren Stephenson dropped a 1-up decision to Albane Valenzuela (Switzerland/Stanford) to finish the tournament at 2-1-1. Tide men’s golfer Davis Riley, who finished 2-2 on the weekend, fell, 3&2, to Jovan Rebula (South Africa/Auburn).
Playing for the International team, Alabama women’s golf signee Jiwon Jeon (South Korea/Daytona State) dropped a 7&5 decision to the United States’ Andrea Lee (Stanford) and finished the tournament at 1-2-1.
In addition to the four players with UA ties in action at the Palmer Cup, Alabama women’s assistant coach Susan Rosenstiel was a member of the United States coaching staff.
With the victory, the United States is now 12-9-1 in Palmer Cup competition. The victory is also the first for the visiting team in the Palmer Cup since the United States defeated Team Europe in 2010 in Portrush, Northern Ireland and marks the first time the Cup has been retained by either side since the U.S. won in 2011.