Augenstein, Baggarly earn Arnold Palmer Cup team berths
Updated: May 8
Vanderbilt’s John Augenstein and Florida’s Addie Baggarly, of Jonesborough, Tennessee, recently were named to the US team for the Arnold Palmer Cup.
Augenstein, from Owensboro, Kentucky, is a senior for the Commodores, while Baggarly is a junior for the Gators.
The Arnold Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup-style event scheduled for July 3-5 at the Lahinch Golf Club in Ireland. The US team will compete against a team of International players.
All competitors are college players. Each team features 12 players.
It’s the second straight appearance for Augenstein, while Baggarly is making her first Arnold Palmer Cup appearance.
The matches, though, are in limbo due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has wreaked havoc on the professional and amateur golf schedules.
Baggarly is the first player from Florida to be named to the women’s team.
"It is an honor to be named to the USA Team for the Arnold Palmer Cup," Baggarly told FloridaGators.com. "Coach Emily (Glaser) and Janice (Olivencia) have pushed me toward this goal all year, and I can't be more appreciative of their support. I'm super excited to get the chance to play with (Florida men’s golfer Ricky (Castillo) as we not only get to represent the United States and Mr. Palmer's legacy, but the Gators as well." Since her freshman year, Baggarly has appeared in 30 tournaments for Florida, notching 14 top-25 finishes, including one individual win. During the 2019-20 season, the No. 36 collegiate golfer boasted at 72.41 scoring average through seven events. Baggarly also notched 10 under-par rounds over the course of the season, seven of which were in the 60s.
With the matches over three months away, the Arnold Palmer Cup will monitor the coronavirus pandemic, seeking input from official health organizations in Ireland (the host country) and the rest of the world (given the international field participating in the event). Player and coach health and safety are of paramount concern.
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 Arnold Palmer Cup has been played at some of the world’s greatest courses including The Old Course, The Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Baltusrol, The Honors Course, and Cherry Hills. The 2018 matches at Evian Resort Golf Club became the only major tournament which features men and women playing side-by-side as partners.