Palmer Cup Begins Friday for Dalke and Hybl

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

NORMAN -- Oklahoma men's golfer Brad Dalke and head coach Ryan Hybl will represent the United States at the 2018 Palmer Cup, which begins Friday. 

Dalke is the first OU player to represent the Sooners at the event, while Hybl will serve as the U.S. head coach. Dalke is a part of the 24-player United States team that will compete against the top international collegiate golfers in the world at the Evian Resort in Evians-les-Bains, France.

In 2018, Dalke picked up one individual win and helped the Sooners to the match play portion of the NCAA Championships for the third straight season. Dalke set the OU single-season record with a 70.97 stroke average and earned second-team All-America honors. 

Hybl is the first coach to lead the U.S. team after playing in the event as a collegiate athlete. OU's head coach helped the U.S. team to a 15.5-8.5 victory over against Great Britain and Ireland during the 2002 Palmer Cup. Hybl guided the Sooners to five team event wins in 2018, matching the program record set in 1989. OU also claimed its first Big 12 title since 2006 under Hybl's direction. 

Dalke and his playing partner, Jamie Freedman of Nova Southeastern, will tee off at 10 a.m. local time against Thailand’s Jaravee Boonchant (Duke) and Sweden’s Fredrik Nilehn (Texas Tech).

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, Orlando, Fla. in 1997. The event is a Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top male university/college golfers matching the United States against Europe.

Since its inception, 101 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on either the PGA or European Tours, 22 alumni have gone on to represent Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, and 51 have claimed 216 victories on the PGA or European Tours. The United States leads the series 11-9-1.

Arnold Palmer Cup is supported by Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation. The Arnold Palmer Cup provides a platform for perpetuating Arnold Palmer’s commitment to youth development and the growth of amateur/collegiate golf.