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Ana Belac
Belac, Team International Take Lead at Palmer Cup
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/08/2019
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ROLAND, Ark. – Ana Belac and Alex Smalley continued their representation of Duke and their respective countries Saturday in the Arnold Palmer Cup, both earning at least half a point for their teams in the Ryder Cup-style event.

Falling into an 8-4 hole heading into Saturday’s play, Team International returned the favor by winning eight of the 12 mixed foursomes to climb into a 12.5-11.5 advantage heading into the third day at The Alotian Club in Roland, Arkansas.

Despite the successes of Team International, Slovenian native Belac and Luis Gagne (LSU) were not able to conjure up the same dominance that led them to a rare victory for the international side on Friday. Tied through the back nine, the duo ran into opponents who took advantage of the turn on the front nine in Will Gordon (Vanderbilt) and Dylan Kim (Arkansas) in a 3&2 defeat.

One of few bright spots for the morning on Team USA, Smalley and Kaylee Benton (Arkansas) navigated the 18 almost the entire way, picking up a lead on the 14th hole before stretching the lead to as many as 4UP on the turn to the front nine. The duo clinched their victory on the eighth hole with a birdie putt and a 3&1 win.

Continuing their strong morning, Team International took the momentum into the afternoon foursomes. The international squad racked up 7-3-1 record and holds a 20 ½ to 15 ½ lead heading into single play Sunday.

Belac joined forces with Julie McCarthy (Auburn) in the afternoon as the pair worked to fight off three straight bogeys to start the afternoon, losing all three holes. The pairing chipped away at the deficit on the turn to the front nine. Belac and McCarthy cruised back to even by the fourth hole. Neither team were able to break the deadlock as both teams shared the next five holes, earning each side half a point.

Faced with a similar situation, Smalley and teammate Chandler Phillips (Texas A&M) trailed by four after the front nine. Despite a valiant effort, the two were unable to share the spoils after heading into the final hole down one. Both sides grabbed par, giving Team International even more breathing room headed into the final day.

Sunday will feature the final round in the form of singles matches. The event will be livestreamed worldwide via from 12-4 p.m., the NBC Sports app and GOLF Channel app with live online scoring available at


Arnold Palmer Cup
The Alotian Club
June 8, 2019
International 12.5, USA 11.5
After Round 2

Morning Mixed Foursomes Results:
McCarthy/Scott, International def. Galdiano/Phillips, United States 6&5
Kinhnult/Nyfjall, International def. Augenstein/Migliaccio, United States 3&2
Kanaya/Naveed, International def. Grimmer/Harford, United States 1UP
Garcia/Ramirez, International def. Scott/Carlson, United States 1UP
del Rey/Harm, International def. Martin/Parmerter, United States 2UP
Go/Pichaikool, International def. Cooper/Hammer, United States 2&1
Laisne/Yu, International def. Kuest/Lau, United States 4&3
Gordon/Kim, United States def. Belac/Gagne, International 3&2
Jeon/Nakajima, International def. Cummins/Papp, United States 3&1
Smalley/Benton, United States def. Aoshima/Ruffels, International 3&1
Schmid/Stormo, International tied Eckroat/Nam, United States
Wu/Chang, United States def. Greville/McClymont 7&5

Arnold Palmer Cup
The Alotian Club
June 8, 2019
International 20.5, USA 15.5
After Round 3

Afternoon Foursome Matches:
Carlson/Migliaccio, United States def. Kinhult/Laisne, International 3&1
Greville/Aoshima, International def. Augenstein/Kuest, United States 1UP
Jeon/Stormo, International def. Papp/Parmerter, United States 2UP
Schmid/Pichaikool, International def. Phillips/Smalley, United States 1UP
Harm/Ruffels, International def. Chang/Galdiano, United States 2&1
Gordon/Wu, United States def. Nyfjall/Scott, International 4&2
del Rey/Ramirez, International def. Cummins/Eckroat, United States 3&2
Harford/Lau, United States def. Go/McClymont 2&1
Nakajima/Kanaya, International def. Grimmer/Scott, United States 5&3
Kim/Benton, United States tied McCarthy/Belac, International, match halved
Gagne/Yu, International def. Hammer/Martin, United States 4&3
Cooper/Nam, United States tied Garcia/Naveed, International, match halved