NORMAN, Okla. – Jonathan Brightwell (UNC Greensboro/Oklahoma), Allisen Corpuz (Southern California), Gabriela Ruffels (Southern California), and Maja Stark (Oklahoma State) have all been added to the 2020 Arnold Palmer Cup Roster. The Ryder Cup-style competition will be played December 21-23 at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida.
Brightwell, a native of Charlotte, N.C., finished the 2019-20 season with a 70.09 stroke average over 22 rounds played. The senior claimed victories at the Rod Myers Invitational as well as the Wolfpack Fall intercollegiate. Brightwell was also named a PING second Team All-American.
Corpuz finished her senior season with a scoring average of 72.96, the 12th best average in school history. The Honolulu, Hawaii, native was named a 2020 WGCA first Team All-American after finishing the year with a career best four top seven finishes and five in the top 11 in the shortened season.
Ruffels, a native of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia and the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion posted a 72.47 stroke average during her junior season at Southern California. Ruffels claimed her second collegiate victory in 2020 after taking home medalist honors at the Rebel Beach Intercollegiate. Ruffels also finished runner-up at the 2020 U.S. Women’s Amateur.
Stark finished her freshman season with a scoring average of 72.33 after arriving to Oklahoma State at the start of the spring season. The Abbekas, Sweden, native earned her first collegiate victory this past spring, winning the Hurricane Invitational in just the second start of her collegiate career.
Corpuz, Ruffels, and Stark will all compete in next weeks United States Women’s Open Championship
About Arnold Palmer Cup
The Arnold Palmer Cup was co-founded by Arnold Palmer and The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and began at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla., in 1997. The event is a Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top men’s and women’s university/college golfers matching the United States against a team of International players. The Arnold Palmer Cup has been played at some of the world’s greatest courses including The Old Course, The Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Baltusrol, The Honors Course, and Cherry Hills. The 2018 matches at Evian Resort Golf Club became the only major tournament which features men and women playing side-by-side as partners.
Since its inception, over 100 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on either the PGA Tour, European Tour or LPGA, 29 have represented Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, and more than 60 have claimed over 250 victories on the PGA or European Tours, including three major championships in 2020. The United States leads the series 12-10-1.
The Arnold Palmer Cup is supported by Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation. The Arnold Palmer Cup provides a platform for perpetuating Arnold Palmer’s commitment to youth development and the growth of amateur/collegiate golf. For more information, please visit ArnoldPalmerCup.com.
About Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation
The Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation champions its namesakes' legacy through grantmaking and initiatives that support children’s health, youth character development and nature-focused wellness. Learn more at PalmerFoundation.org.
Rolex and the Arnold Palmer Cup
Through an unwavering commitment to the game of golf for more than 50 years, Rolex has developed one of the broadest and longest-standing relationships between brand and sport. These strong ties date back to 1967 when Rolex partnered with legendary golfer Arnold Palmer. The charismatic American holds a special place in golf history thanks as much to his natural talent and successful playing career as to his pioneering role in the sport. Since that pivotal bond, Rolex has gone on to establish partnerships at every level of the sport, including the governing bodies responsible for advancing the sport and the finest players, from The Big Three to the New Guard who are leading the rankings at the moment. The decision to partner the Arnold Palmer Cup was thus a natural progression for the Swiss watchmaker, and a tribute to the Arnold Palmer’s inspiring legacy.
An unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise
Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster Perpetual and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. The word “Perpetual” is inscribed on every Rolex Oyster. But more than just a word on a dial, it is a philosophy that embodies the company’s vision and values. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of the company, instilled a notion of perpetual excellence that would drive the company forward. This led Rolex to pioneer the development of the wristwatch and numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism, invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 500 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces inhouse the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Furthermore, Rolex is actively involved in supporting the arts and culture, sport and exploration, as well as those who are devising solutions to preserve the planet.
The exclusive footwear, apparel, headwear, and glove supplier of the Arnold Palmer Cup, Our mission is what drives us to do everything possible to expand human potential. We do that by creating groundbreaking sport innovations, by making our products more sustainably, by building a creative and diverse global team and by making a positive impact in communities where we live and work.