Northwestern coach David Inglis was tapped to lead Team Europe in the 2017 Arnold Palmer Cup, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Tuesday.
The tournament pits the best American and European college golfers against each other. Inglis, a native of Scotland, appeared in the cup twice as a player. In 2001, he played for the Great Britain and Ireland team. Two years later, when the team began to feature players from all of Europe, Inglis was chosen again. He also contributed as an assistant coach in 2011 and 2012.
Inglis will be the final head coach of Team Europe, as the group will expand in 2018 to include international players from across the globe. He is the first person to participate in the tournament as both a player and coach.
“I was fortunate to be part of the first-ever European team in 2003 and now to be coaching the last European team is a dream come true,” Inglis said in a statement to NUSports.com.
He became the Wildcats’ head coach in 2014 after then-head coach Pat Goss was promoted to become the director of golf and player development. Inglis was previously an assistant coach.
Since Inglis was named to his current position, the Cats have qualified for the NCAA Regionals every season. Last year, NU emerged from a 10-team field to win the Marquette Invitational.
The coach will look to bring that level of success to Team Europe on June 9 when the tournament, named after golfing legend Arnold Palmer, kicks off in Atlanta.
“It’s a special year, obviously with Arnold Palmer passing last summer, so it makes it a very special occasion next year,” Inglis said on the Golf Channel Tuesday morning, when the announcement was made. “I’m really looking forward to it.”
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