Hinson-Tolchard Cracks Top-10 in Latest Palmer Cup Rankings

NORMAN, Okla. – Golfer from Oklahoma State Maddison Hinson Tolchard was ranked ninth in the Arnold Palmer Cup international rankings for March 1st, released Thursday, up four places from her previous ranking of 13th in February.

In the summer of 2023, the Arnold Palmer Cup will play host to some of the game’s best collegiate players from the United States and their international peers. This is the 27th edition of the Arnold Palmer Cup and will be held June 8th-10th at the Laurel Valley Golf Club outside of Ligonier, PA.

The Arnold Palmer Cup was co-founded in 1997 by Arnold Palmer and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The event is a Ryder Cup style tournament pitting the United States against a team of international players.

As a tribute to its prestige, the Palmer Cup has been played at some of the finest golf courses in the world including The Old Course at St Andrews, The Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Baltusrol, The Honors Course and Cherry Hills. As of 2018, the Palmer Cup is the only major tournament where men and women play side-by-side as partners.

Since the event began, over 125 Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have earned tickets on the PGA, DP World or LPGA tours, with more than 75 players earning over 310 victories, including 2022 Grand Champion Jennifer Kupcho. In addition, 34 tournament alumni have represented either Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup or Solheim Cup.

Both the USA and International teams consist of 12 golfers, with the top six selected from the top of the final Spring Arnold Palmer Cup rankings. The remaining players will be chosen based on five committee picks and one manager pick.

Using the GolfStat NCAA player rankings as a basis, the Arnold Palmer Cup rankings award bonus points for wins and high finishes and a penalty for poor finishes. The ranking also includes a schedule strength component.

Hinson-Tolchard, born in Perth, Australia, is aiming for a place in the international squad.

After being named the 2022 Big 12 Player of the Year and a WGCA Second Team All-American, the junior standout has continued her stellar play this season and the team in batting averages, rounds in the 60s, and par-or-better rounds led .

Most recently, Hinson-Tolhard tied for sixth at the ICON Invitational in late February. There she carded a 54-hole score of 206, her second-lowest as a cowgirl. Hinson-Tolchard’s performance was her third top-10 appearance this season and the tenth of her career.

In addition, she has finished in the top 20 in all six tournaments this season and played 45 consecutive rounds where her score has qualified for the team’s total points going back to October 2021.

Along with her rise in the Arnold Palmer Cup rankings, Hinson-Tolchard has also seen a rise in both the GolfStat NCAA Player Ranking and the World Amateur Golf Ranking and currently ranks 13th and 78th, respectively.

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