The University of Georgia’s Davis Thompson and Georgia Tech’s Andy Ogletree, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, have been named to U.S. team that will compete in the Arnold Palmer Cup.
The annual Ryder Cup-style collegiate competition is scheduled to be played July 3-5 at Lahinch Golf Club in Lahinch, County Clare, Ireland.
“We do not know if the matches will be held as scheduled, postponed, or canceled,” read a statement from the Golf Coaches Association of America. “With the pandemic affecting so many lives around the globe, there are certainly more pressing issues than golf. However, we would like to recognize the accomplishments of these college golfers since last summer and during this college season.”
Ogletree, Pierceson Coody of Texas and Zach Zediker of Delta State were announced as coach’s picks. They join a pair of returners from last year’s team in John Augenstein (Vanderbilt) and Quade Cummins (Oklahoma), who were automatic selections via Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking along with Garett Reband (Oklahoma), Cooper Dossey (Baylor), Evan Katz (Duke) and William Mouw (Pepperdine). Ricky Castillo of Florida, John Pak of Florida State and Davis Thompson of Georgia.
Alan Bratton, the head coach at Oklahoma State, will coach the U.S. team in the Palmer Cup.
“I’m honored to be chosen to represent the United States; the Palmer Cup is such a prestigious competition,” said Ogletree. “I’m looking forward to joining forces with a lot of great American college golfers and competing against many others who are on the International team. It should be a lot of fun.”
Since capturing the 2019 United States Amateur championship last August at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C., Ogletree has competed for the U.S. in the Walker Cup in September at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England and the Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship in November in Trinity, Texas. He was ranked No. 11 in points for the Palmer Cup as of March 5, and is currently No. 16 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and the Scratch Players world ranking.
In collegiate competition, Ogletree is ranked No. 20 nationally in Golfstat and No. 27 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index. The senior has three top-10 finishes in five stroke-play events this year, and won all three of his matches to help Georgia Tech win the Cypress Point Classic. Last spring, he earned second-team All-America honors and made the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team.
Thompson, a junior from Auburn, Ala., is No. 5 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He ended the year with a scoring average of 69.95, including nine rounds in the 60s. Thompson won the Jim Rivers Invitational last fall and had four additional top-10 finishes this season.
He played on sponsor exemptions in the 2019 RSM Classic and the 2020 Puerto Rico Open on the PGA Tour. By virtue of winning the Jones Cup Invitational, he earned another berth in the 2020 RSM Classic.