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Wright in England for Arnold Palmer Cup

Wright in England for Arnold Palmer Cup

BATON ROUGE – In the wake of a brilliant senior season with the Tigers in 2015-16, LSU’s Zach Wright has made the trip to Formby, Merseyside, England, as he will tee off with the rest of the 10-man Team USA against Team Europe at the 2016 Arnold Palmer Cup beginning Friday and running through Sunday at Formby Golf Club.

Wright will tee off in the annual Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top American and top European golfers competing at the collegiate level each season. The United States is the Arnold Palmer Cup holder with a decisive 18-12 victory over the Europeans on its home turf at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois, last summer.

Wright’s selection to the 10-man Team USA competing at the Palmer Cup caps an All-American senior season in which he ended the season as the No. 13-ranked player nationally in the final Golfweek rankings.

The Phoenix, Arizona, native was also honored as a First-Team All-SEC selection before leading LSU to match play at the NCAA Championships for the third-straight season where the Tigers officially tied for fifth in their quarterfinals appearance. Wright was the team’s leading scorer this season with a career-low 71.51 stroke average and a team-best seven top-10 finishes during the 2015-16 season.

This marks the second time in three seasons in which an LSU Tiger will represent the United States at the Arnold Palmer Cup after former All-American Stewart Jolly played at England’s Walton Heath Golf Club in 2014.

Joining Wright with Team USA at this year’s Arnold Palmer Cup are Virginia’s Derek Bard, Illinois’ Charlie Danielson, Chico State’s Alistair Docherty, Southern California’s Rico Hoey, Auburn’s Michael Johnson, Stanford’s Maverick McNealy, San Diego State’s Nahum Mendoza III and Wake Forest’s Will Zalatoris.

Team Europe for the 2016 Arnold Palmer Cup includes Stanford’s David Boote (Wales), Stirling’s Mathias Eggenberger (Scotland), Maynooth’s Stuart Grehan (Ireland), Florida’s Sam Horsfield (England), East Tennessee State’s Adrian Meronk (Poland), Augusta’s Robin Petersson (Sweden), Missouri-Kansas City’s Antoine Rozner (France), Vanderbilt’s Matthias Schwab (Austria), Louisville’s Robin Sciot-Siegrist (France) and Memphis’ Lars Van Meijel (The Netherlands).

The Palmer Cup kicks off Friday with morning matches of foursomes beginning at 1:30 a.m. CT, followed by afternoon four-ball matches beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT. The action continues Saturday with singles matches to begin at 3 a.m. CT, while Sunday’s action also  features singles matches beginning at 3 a.m. CT.