NORMAN, Okla. (Feb. 8, 2018) -- As the ETSU women’s golf team prepares for the start of its spring season, there’s good news for one of the Bucs’ top players.
Hee Ying Loy (Johor, Malaysia) is up one spot to 18th in the latest standings for the Arnold Palmer Cup, released today by Golf Coaches Association of America. The ETSU junior is the highest-ranked player from a mid-major program.
The Arnold Palmer Cup is one of the most prestigious events in college golf. It pits two 12-person teams of American players – one women’s, one men’s – in an annual tournament against international squads. Loy was 19th in the GCAA’s fall standings last November 16.
Since the start of the 2017 spring season, Loy has finished in the top five in seven of 11 tournaments. She earned Medalist honors twice – first at the River Landing Classic in Wallace, N.C. on March 10, 2017, and again at the Brickyard Intercollegiate in Macon, Ga. on April 11, 2017, where she set a course and tournament record in the final round. The junior was runner-up in the Edwin Watts Classic in Kiawah Island, S.C. on February 28, 2017.
The Southern Conference honored Loy as its Player of the Year for 2016-17.
Loy ended the 2017 fall season with consecutive top-five showings. She was 3rd at the Johnie Imes Invitational in Columbia, Mo. on October 3, and 4th at the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Kiawah Island on October 24.
The Bucs travel to South Carolina to begin their 2018 spring season at the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate, February 25-27.
Named after the legendary golfer, the Arnold Palmer Cup was first played in 1997 as a competition between the top men’s college players from the United States against players from Great Britain and Ireland. The “GBI” team expanded to include players from all of Europe in 2003.
2018 will be the first event under a new format which includes players from around the world, and women’s teams. This year’s tournament is scheduled for July 6-8 at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains, France. It will be the first time the Arnold Palmer Cup will be staged in continental Europe.
Palmer Cup standings will be updated on February 22 and March 8. Team rosters will be announced March 15.
The top six players in the March 8 rankings automatically qualify. The other six spots will go to the winner of The R&A Scholars Tournament in St. Andrews, Scotland April 2-3, four committee selections, and one head coach’s selection. This year’s International women’s head coach is Anne Walker of Stanford.
Arnold Palmer Cup standings are based on Golfstat NCAA Player Rankings, reward wins and high finishes and penalize for poor finishes, and consider strength of schedule.
The Evian Resort Golf Club is the host course of The Evian Championship, the fifth and final major of the season on the LPGA Tour.
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