Evian-les-Bains, France—Three members of the Oklahoma State men’s golf team took part in the opening day of action at the Arnold Palmer Cup with the United States taking an 8-4 lead over the International squad at Evian Resort Golf Club.
The first round of action was comprised of mixed fourball matches. The first match of the day saw a pair of Cowboy teammates square off with rising junior Viktor Hovland and Olivia Mehaffey teaming up for the International side to take on rising sophomore Matthew Wolffand Jennifer Kupcho.
The Americans struck first with a birdie at the fourth to take the early lead. Hovland and Mehaffey squared the match two holes later. Wolff and Kupcho made the turn with a 1-up lead after posting an eagle at the par-5 ninth.
With birdies on the first three holes of the inward nine, the Americans built a 4-up lead with six holes remaining. The International duo claimed the 14th, but could get no closer as Wolff and Kupcho birdied the 16th to win, 4 & 2.
Rising senior Zach Bauchou teamed with Dylan Kim for the U.S. to take on K.K. Limbhasut and Pimnipa Panthong. The Americans never led in the match as the International tandem took two of the first three holes and never looked back. Limbhasut and Panthong made the turn with a 2-up lead and won the 13th and 14th to extend the lead before sealing the victory by halving the 15th.
Saturday’s action will consist of mixed foursomes in the morning following by afternoon fourball matches.
In the morning session, Wolff will be paired with Kupcho once again and take on Jovan Rebula and Albane Valenzuela. Hovland and Mehaffey will square off with Shintaro Ban and Mariel Gaidiano. Bauchou and Sophia Schubert will face Harry Hall and Wenyung Keh.
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