NORMAN, OKLA. (March 8, 2018) -- The hopes of ETSU standout Hee Ying Loy (Johor, Malaysia) playing in one of the most prestigious events in college golf have suffered a setback.
The Bucs’ junior stands at 16th in the latest standings for the Arnold Palmer Cup, released today by the Golf Coaches Association of America. That’s down two spots from the February 22nd standings, which came out three days before ETSU’s first tournament of the spring season. At the Edwin Watts Classic in Kiawah Island, S.C., Loy moved up 52 spots over the final two rounds to finish 9th out of 218 players .
Loy had made a steady move up since she was placed 19th in the first round of Palmer Cup rankings last November 16. She was 18th on February 8, and 14th in the February 22 standings.
The Arnold Palmer Cup consists of two 12-person teams of American players – one women’s, one men’s – in an annual tournament against international squads.
The top six players in each of today’s ranking have automatically qualified for this year’s tournament. The six remaining spots on each team go to four committee selections, one head coach’s pick, and the winner of the R&A Scholars Tournament in St. Andrews, Scotland April 2-3. This year’s International women’s team head coach is Anne Walker of Stanford.
Team rosters will be announced on March 15, a day before the Bucs begin their next tournament, the Augusta Invitational in Georgia.
In 15 tournaments since the start of the 2016-2017 academic year, Loy has posted nine top-five finishes and three others in the top ten. She ended the 2017 fall season with back-to-back top-five showings. She was 3rd at the Johnie Imes Invitational in Columbia, Mo. on October 3, and finished 4th at the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Kiawah Island on October 24.
Loy won two events in the spring 2017 season, and just missed a third. She was Medalist at the River Landing Classic in Wallace, N.C. on March 10, and the Brickyard Intercollegiate in Macon, Ga. on April 11 (setting a course and tournament record with a 68 in the final round). Loy and was runner-up by two strokes in the Edwin Watts February 28.
She was 3rd at the 2017 Southern Conference Championships and was named the SoCon’s Player of the Year on April 25.
Loy closed her freshman year (2015-16) with a flourish, earning four top-ten finishes in her last six tournaments. Her best showing was a tie for 2nd in the 3M Augusta Invitational in Augusta, Ga., March 12.
The 2018 Palmer cup will be the first under a new format that includes women and players from outside the United States. It will be played at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains, France, July 6-8. It’s the first time the tournament will be held in continental Europe.
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