NORMAN, Oklahoma – The women’s golf coach in Tennessee, Diana Cantu, was named one of two coaches on the international team at the Arnold Palmer Cup in 2022, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced on Tuesday.
Cantú served as assistant coach for the international team in 2021. The event will take place July 1-3, with male and female college golfers from the United States competing against their international counterparts in a team competition format at the Golf Club de Geneve in Geneva, Switzerland.
“I am very happy to be part of the international team’s coaching staff again,” said Cantú. “It is a real honor to be part of an event that represents Mr. Palmer’s legacy so well. The best college players in the world come together for a week to compete at the highest level. I am blessed to have been invited.” be to experience such a competition. ” next summer in Switzerland. “
Englishman Phil Rowe from Cal Poly will support Cantú on the international side, while Kory Henkes from Ole Miss and Jim Ott from Illinois Wesleyan will lead Team USA.
Cantú was a student-athlete in Tennessee from 2006 to 2010. Her 130 career rounds were the fifth most in the history of the Lady Vol program. Originally from the city of Monterrey in Nuevo León, Mexico, she was a member of three teams that advanced to the NCAA championships (2007, 2009, 2010) during her college career with the Lady Vols.
Cantú is a Class B LPGA Member, TPI Certified and currently serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors of the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.
About Arnold Palmer Cup
The Arnold Palmer Cup was co-founded by Arnold Palmer and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and began in 1997 at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Florida. The event is a Ryder Cup style tournament featuring top university and college golfers for men and women competing in the United States against a team of international players. The Palmer Cup has been played on some of the best golf courses in the world including The Old Course, The Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Baltusrol, The Honors Course and Cherry Hills. His 219 games at Evian Resort Golf Club became the only major tournament in which men and women play side by side as partners.
Since its inception, over 125 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have collected tickets on the PGA, European or LPGA tours; 32 have represented Europe or the USA at the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup or Solheim Cup and more than 60 have won over 280 victories on the PGA, European or LPGA tours, including three big champions in 2020 and 2021. The United States leads the Palmer Cup series 13-11-1.