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Texas Tech’s Long and Nilehn Ready for Arnold Palmer Cup

(from Texas Tech )

Texas Tech has a pair of golfers playing at the Palmer Cup for the second consecutive season.

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech men’s golfers Hurly Long and Fredrick Nilehn will represent Team International and begin play at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup on Friday.

The duo is part of a 24-player coed International squad that is competing against the United States at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian, France. The Red Raiders join California, Oklahoma State and UNLV as the only programs to have multiple male golfers at the event.

Texas Tech has been represented during three of the last four seasons at the Palmer Cup with four players chosen for the event since 2015. Nilehn was joined by Hannes Ronneblad in 2017, and Clement Sordet participated in 2015.

“I’m very excited for Hurly and Fredrick to gain valuable experience playing in the prestigious Palmer Cup this weekend,” Texas Tech head coach Greg Sands said. “This event is the collegiate equivalent to the Ryder Cup. Hurly and Fredrick deserve the opportunity to represent Team International and Texas Tech. We’re extremely proud of them and can’t wait for them to play well on one of collegiate golf’s premier stages.”

The three-day event will start with mixed Four-Ball matches on Friday morning.

Long is paired with UCLA’s Patty Tavatanakit and will face off against Collin Morikawa (California) and Andrea Lee (Stanford) at 2 a.m. CT.

Nilehn will take the course with Jaravee Boonchant of Duke and take on Jamie Freedman (Nova Southeastern) and Brad Dalke (Oklahoma) at 3 a.m. CT.

Day two of the event features mixed Foursomes on Saturday morning followed by traditional Four-Ball matches later that afternoon.

The Palmer Cup will conclude with singles matches on Sunday. Teams receive a point for each individual match victory and a half-point for each halved individual match.

The Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup-style tournament co-founded by Arnold Palmer and The Golf Coaches Association of America in 1997. From 1997-2017, the tournament featured teams of men’s collegiate golfers representing the United States, Great Britain & Ireland (1997-2002) and Europe (2003-2017).

The 2018 edition of the Palmer Cup is the first to use the expanded format of United States men’s and women’s collegiate golfers facing their counterparts from around the world.

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