Alabama assistant women’s golf coach Susan Rosenstiel has been chosen as an assistant coach for the United States team that will compete in the 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced Tuesday.

The 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup will take place July 6-8, 2018 at Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France. The 24-member U.S. team will include 12 men’s and women’s collegiate golfers and will face off with an international squad with a similar make-up. Rosenstiel is joined as a U.S. assistant coach by Baylor men’s assistant coach Ryan Blagg. Ohio State’s Therese Hession will serve as the team’s head coach.

“With so many great assistant coaches out there it’s extremely humbling to be named to the Palmer Cup staff,” Rosenstiel said. “For the Arnold Palmer Foundation and the GCAA to ask me to assist with the first Palmer Cup team that will include women’s players is such an honor. To be a part of an event that Arnold Palmer had a vision for, and created as a way to give back to college and amateur golf and the next generation of golfers is exciting. I’ve known Therese for a long time and I know it will be fun to coach with her. I love the idea of being a part of a team that will represent our country in a Ryder Cup format.”

Rosenstiel is in her 15th year with the Crimson Tide. The 2010 National Golf Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year, Rosenstiel has mentored players who have combined for 20 All-America honors and 28 All-SEC accolades. Her career at Alabama includes winning the 2012 NCAA Championship, 12 NCAA Championship appearances and three SEC Championship titles.

The North Fort Myers, Fla., native assists in all facets of developing the Crimson Tide players and program, including instruction, course management, golf operations and recruiting for UA head coach Mic Potter.

“It’s a tremendous honor for Susan and well deserved,” Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. “Without her our program wouldn’t be where it is today. She’s the top assistant in the country and the ideal choice for something of this magnitude. With this being the first time women will be participating in the Palmer Cup, I’m sure the GCAA and the Palmer Foundation wanted someone who would help get the team off the ground in the right way. Susan representing the United States and the University of Alabama is also a huge honor and a huge benefit for our program.”

The Arnold Palmer Cup was co-founded by Arnold Palmer and The Golf Coaches Association of America in 1997. The event is a Ryder Cup-style tournament that, from 1997-2017, was a men’s event that pitted the United States against Europe, with the U.S. holding and 11-9-1 advantage in those matchups. The 2018 tournament will be the first to include women’s players, making it the only major golf tournament which features men and women playing side-by-side as partners.

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.

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