Eastern Florida State College women's golfer Kacey Walker has been nominated as a potential participant in the 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup.
The Arnold Palmer Cup is a tournament being held June 7-9 at The Alotian Club outside Little Rock, Ark. between players from the United States and International players. The first six individuals selected for both the USA and International teams will come from the Arnold Palmer Cup Player Ranking and the remaining six spots will be based on committee and coaches selections.
"I was honestly shocked, it is such a big event and obviously when you talk about a man like Arnold Palmer, it is hard to compare yourself to the standards he has in place for people that compete in his tournaments. It was definitely a lot to take in at once," Walker said. "I am still not over the shock, but it is definitely an honor. Just to be nominated is more than I could have ever asked for or saw coming."
The Arnold Palmer Cup is a three-day golf tournament pairing a United States team vs. an International team with mixed four-ball matches in the opening round, mixed foursomes and traditional foursomes in the second and third rounds and singles matches in the final round on Sunday.
"To be a part of that would be incredible," Walker said. "I am just very excited about it and whether I get through or not, the nomination is more than enough."
The freshman from Mississauga, Canada was the individual medalist at the Coastal Georgia Winter Invitational last weekend, matching her tournament-best even par 72 in the final round to claim the title and help the Titans to a second-place finish in the season opener.
"The first round was good for the team, but I didn't play that well. It was more just about settling down and finding a routine that works for me. That has been a big part of it for me, just trying to find a consistent routine and I think we have found it," Walker said. "We weren't exactly sure how we were going to do with it being our first tournament, but we put in the work and played well. It was a good stepping stone for us."
Walker will find out if she makes the team in May but for now is focusing on the spring season. The Titans will travel to Lake Mary for the Seminole State Invitational March 4-6.