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Ana Belac
Belac, International Squad Set for Arnold Palmer Cup
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/06/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – In the 23rd annual Arnold Palmer Cup hosted June 7-9, the international field will be represented by a Duke Blue Devil for the second consecutive year. Ana Belac, a native of Portoroz, Slovenia, joins forces with the international squad in their Ryder Cup-style bout against the United States at The Alotian Club in Roland, Arkansas.

The two squads will be made up of the world’s top men’s and women’s collegiate golfers, including recent Duke men’s golf graduate Alex Smalley representing the United States team.

The cup begins with a mixed fourball format Friday, June 7 at 12 p.m. Saturday includes two rounds, both a mixed foursome starting at 11 a.m., before heading back out at 5 p.m., for foursomes matches. Play will conclude Sunday, with singles matches starting at 12 p.m. All times listed are eastern.

Belac’s women’s team consists of Sofia Garcia (Texas Tech), Lois Kaye Go (South Carolina), Leonie Harm (Houston), Jiwon Jeon (Alabama), Frida Kinhult (Florida State), Agathe Laisne (Texas), Julie McCarthy (Auburn), Lorna McClymont (SRUC Elmwood), Hira Naveed (Pepperdine), Gabriela Ruffels (USC) and Karoline Stormo (Kent State).

A two-time Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Honorable Mention All-America selection, Belac helped lead Duke to its seventh NCAA Championship two weeks ago in the state of Arkansas. She went a perfect, 3-0, in match play to help the Blue Devils win their first match play championship. On the season, Belac posted a 73.10 stroke average to go along with three top five and four top 10 finishes.

The event will be livestreamed worldwide via, the NBC Sports app and GOLF Channel app with live online scoring available at

Last year, Blue Devil sophomore Jaravee Boonchant represented Thailand on the international squad.

Co-ed since 2018, it is 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, 28 have represented Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, and more than 50 have claimed 230 victories on the PGA or European Tours. The United States leads the series 12-9-1, including victories in the last two meetings.


8:30 a.m. – Match 1
Mariel Galdiano & Chandler Phillips vs. Frida Kinhult & David Nyfjall
8:45 a.m. – Match 2
John Augenstein & Emilia Migliaccio vs. Aled Greville and Lorna McClymont
9:00 a.m. – Match 3
Kaylee Benton & Patrick Martin vs. Julie McCarthy and Sandy Scott
9:15 a.m. – Match 4
Stephanie Lau & Alex Scott vs. Kengo Aoshima & Gabriela Ruffels
9:30 a.m. - Match 5
Austin Eckroat & Malia Nam vs. Agathe Laisne & Chun An Yu
9:45 a.m. – Match 6
Quade Cummins & Ann Parmerter vs. Ana Belac & Luis Gagne
10:00 a.m. – Match 7
Abbey Carlson & Will Gordon vs. Alex del Rey & Karoline Stormo
10:15 a.m. – Match 8
Will Grimmer & Haylee Harford vs. Lois Kaye Go & Peng Pichaikool
10:30 a.m. – Match 9
Peter Kuest & Kaitlyn Papp vs. Sofia Garcia & Ivan Ramirez
10:45 a.m. – Match 10
Jennifer Chang & Alex Smalley vs. Leonie Harm & Matthias Schmid
11:00 a.m. – Match 11
Dylan Kim & Brandon Wu vs. Takumi Kanaya & Hira Naveed
11:15 a.m. – Match 12
Hailee Cooper & Cole Hammer vs. Jiwon Jeon & Keita Nakajima