SeriousPR: Team USA poised to take on Team Ireland in the third amateur International King's Cup in honour of Arnold Palmer

Team USA poised to take on Team Ireland in the third amateur International King's Cup in honour of Arnold Palmer

Team USA will be hoping for third time lucky when they face Ireland in golf’s 2018 International King’s Cup from 14-18 May at the luxury 5-star Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

Narrowly edged out in 2016 and comprehensively beaten in 2017 the USA have unfinished business at this year’s King’s Cup competition which will follow an amateur Ryder Cup style 54-hole Matchplay format and will be played over three days.

The USA selected their side at the end of 2017 following a National Championship at Walt Disney World Golf in Orlando Florida.

After three days of tough competition the 12-man – six pairs – team was revealed as follows:

  • Frank Gambaro & Gene Hart (both Aberdeen Golf Course, Eureka, Missouri)
  • Ankur Amin & Chris Devine (Otter Creek and Coldwater, Ames, Iowa)
  • Matt McDevitt & Brian McDevitt (Arroyo Trabuco Mission Viejo and Tijeras Creek Rancho Santa Margarita, California)
  • Bill Daddono & Bob Silvestri (Maple Meadows Golf Course, Addison and Flossmoor CC Flossmoor, Illinois)
  • Mike Broksch & Ron Schroeder (both Grand Palms Golf Resort, Pembroke Pines, Florida)
  • Brad Garrett & Darryl Henson (Falls Golf Club and Falls Golf Course, O’Fallon, Missouri).

California native Matt McDevitt was part of last year’s beaten US team and has made it back for another crack at the title, this time partnering his brother Brian.

Also making a return are Iowa duo Ankur Amin and Chris Devine who represented the USA in the inaugural International King’s Cup played in 2016.

The International Kings Cup Matchplay event, played in honour of golf’s greatest ambassador, Arnold Palmer, has now established itself as a leading tournament on the amateur calendar.

Supported by Tourism NI, the tournament is structured like the Ryder Cup. It was created in 2016 when the United States Golf Challenge, the largest pairs better-ball tournament in the US, brought their leading eight pairs -16-man amateur team across the Atlantic to compete against Ireland in the first ever International King’s Cup.

Both teams stay on-site at the 5-star Lough Erne Resort, with full access to The Golf Academy. They will also receive specially commissioned outerwear courtesy of Glenmuir and attend a Gala dinner as part of the event.

Irish qualifying events are currently underway at Westport Golf Club, Ennis Golf Club, Lough Erne Resort and Dunmurry Springs Golf Club. Team Ireland will be revealed following the final qualifying event at Lough Erne Resort on April 15th.