PGA Golf Professional and Director at P&M Golf Superstore Padraig McGrath brings you the latest from the fairways. In this week’s column, Padraig previews the Arnold Palmer Cup.

The 28th event of the Arnold Palmer Cup, one of the premier collegiate golf tournaments, is set to make its mark at the historic Lahinch Golf Club this weekend. This event not only highlights the finest collegiate golfers from around the globe but also honours the rich history and legacy of Arnold Palmer, a legendary figure in golf.
The Arnold Palmer Cup was established in 1997, inspired by the Ryder Cup format, to foster international camaraderie and competition among college golfers. Originally, it was a contest between the United States and Great Britain & Ireland.
However, it has since evolved into a more inclusive competition, featuring teams from the United States and an International team comprising players from around the world. This transformation has amplified the spirit of global unity and sportsmanship that Palmer himself embodied throughout his career.
Arnold Palmer, known as “The King,” was not just a golf icon but also a global ambassador for the sport. His influence extended beyond his impressive career, which included 62 PGA Tour titles and seven major championships between 1958 to 1964. Palmer’s charisma and commitment to growing the game inspired the creation of the Cup, which continues to carry forward his legacy of excellence, integrity, and international friendship.
Lahinch Golf Club, with its rich history dating back to 1892, is a fitting venue for the Arnold Palmer Cup. Known as the “St. Andrews of Ireland,” Lahinch is renowned for its stunning coastal scenery, challenging links layout, and deep-rooted golfing tradition. The course, designed by Old Tom Morris and later refined by Dr. Alister MacKenzie, offers a true test of skill and strategy, demanding precision and creativity from players.
The selection of Lahinch for the 2024 Arnold Palmer Cup underscores the event’s commitment to showcasing the world’s best golf courses. This historic venue will not only challenge the participants but also provide a picturesque backdrop for spectators and fans watching around the world.
Over the years, the Arnold Palmer Cup has been a launchpad for many golfers who have gone on to achieve significant success in their professional careers. Notable alumni include major champions like Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, and Francesco Molinari. Thomas, a standout at the University of Alabama, competed in the Arnold Palmer Cup in 2012 and 2013, showcasing the talent that would eventually lead him to multiple PGA Tour victories and a major championship win at the 2017 PGA Championship.
Jon Rahm, a two-time participant in 2014 and 2015, used the Cup as a springboard to a career that has seen him rise to the top of the world rankings and claim the U.S. Open title in 2021. His passion and competitiveness were on full display during his collegiate days, mirroring the qualities that have made him one of the game’s premier players. Jon would have a strong bond and fondness for Lahinch Golf Club also, having won the Irish Open there in 2019 winning his fourth European Tour title.
Francesco Molinari, who played in the 2004 Arnold Palmer Cup, has also left an indelible mark on the sport. His steady rise culminated in a historic victory at the 2018 Open Championship and a pivotal role in Europe’s triumph at the Ryder Cup the same year.
As the Arnold Palmer Cup heads to Lahinch this week, the anticipation is palpable. The tournament promises to deliver high-calibre golf, fierce competition, and memorable moments. It will also serve as a testament to the enduring legacy of Arnold Palmer, whose impact on the sport continues to resonate with each new generation of golfers.
Make sure you all flock to Lahinch this weekend to watch the future of golf. It promises to be an unforgettable even and one even a non-golfer will thoroughly enjoy. You will be witnessing the next wave of golfing talent from around the world as they compete on one of the world’s most iconic courses on our doorstep. The Arnold Palmer Cup at Lahinch is poised to be a celebration of the sport, its history, and its future, encapsulating the spirit of camaraderie and excellence that Arnold Palmer championed throughout his life and career. Tickets are FREE to enter.

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