McNealy, Horsfield top Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking, as Hossler drops out
Friday, April 1, 2016
Stanford junior Maverick McNealy and Florida freshman Sam Horsfield topped the U.S. and European Arnold Palmer Cup rankings, respectively, on Thursday.
The rankings were the second of the spring for the 2016 event at Formby (England) Golf Club on June 24-26.
The top six golfers from each ranking, as of April 15, will be among the 10 players selected to each team. Using Golfstat’s NCAA Player Ranking as a base, the Palmer Cup Ranking awards bonus points for wins and high finishes, and a negative bonus for poor finishes. The ranking also contains a strength of schedule component.
In the first iteration of the standings this spring, Jon Rahm's name had been removed, as the Arizona State senior had informed Palmer Cup officials that he did not plan to play in this year's event.
Matthew NeSmith, a South Carolina senior, and Aaron Wise, an Oregon sophomore and the No. 9 American in the initial spring standings, have told Palmer Cup officials the same and thus have been removed from the rankings.
Add Beau Hossler to that list. The No. 1 American in the rankings at the start of the spring, Hossler was not listed in Thursday's standings after notifying Palmer Cup officials that he also doesn't plan to compete in this year's event. Hossler went 3-1 in a winning American Palmer Cup effort last summer at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
A Texas junior, Hossler, already one of college golf's best players, has broken out in 2015-16. The 21-year-old has won four times for the Longhorns this season, and captured a six-shot win at the Jones Cup, a prestigious amateur event, in February.
For his efforts, Hossler has ascended to the No. 1 spot in Golfweek's collegiate individual rankings.
Hossler could turn pro after this season. John Fields, Texas' men's head coach, declined to comment on his star player's future plans.
The Longhorns head man did offer rationale on Hossler's Palmer Cup absence.
"Last summer, (Beau) played in everything you can think of: the Palmer Cup, the Pan-American games, he played a full schedule of amateur golf. He played the U.S. Amateur and then played the Walker Cup, and he was just exhausted at the end," Fields said. "I think he wants to pace himself a little bit more, obviously he's playing really good golf right now.
The future for him, if you ask him what he's thinking about, he's thinking about getting to Augusta (for Texas' 3M Augusta Invitational event this weekend) right now and playing good golf there. That's all he's thinking about. He just wants to finish this season off and create some great opportunities for himself, whether it's exemptions into pro tournaments as an amateur, who knows. The No. 1 thing he's trying to do right now is pace himself, and I think he just wanted to give somebody else an opportunity because he's already done that."
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|6||Nahum Mendoza III||Junior||San Diego State||0.9900|
|7||Hank Lebioda||Senior||Florida State||0.9889|
|13||Charles Huntzinger||Freshman||Penn State||0.9789|
|14||Will Zalatoris||Sophomore||Wake Forest||0.9786|
|2||Lars van Meijel||Junior||Memphis||Netherlands||0.9889|
|4||Adrian Meronk||Senior||East Tennessee State||Poland||0.9873|
|6||Riccardo Michelini||Senior||San Diego State||Italy||0.9761|
|9||Antoine Rozner||Senior||Missouri-Kansas City||France||0.9668|
|11||Paul McBride||Sophomore||Wake Forest||Ireland||0.9482|
|12||J.J. Grey||Senior||Georgia State||England||0.9478|
|14||Martin Eriksson||Senior||McNeese State||Sweden||0.9395|
|15||Hannes Ronneblad||Junior||Texas Tech||Sweden||0.9395|
|16||Kristoffer Ventura||Sophomore||Oklahoma State||Norway||0.9302|
|18||Ryan Cornfield||Senior||USC Upstate||England||0.9261|
|19||Rowin Caron||Senior||Florida State||Netherlands||0.9235|
|24||Adria Arnaus||Senior||Texas A&M||Spain||0.8969|
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