HOUSTON – University of Houston junior Leonie Harm was listed among collegiate golf’s top international players as the first Spring rankings of the Arnold Palmer Cup were released Thursday.
After standing at No. 6 in the final Fall rankings, Harm moved to No. 4 on Team International with a .9883 percentile score in the first Spring rankings of the season.
Subsequent Spring rankings will be released Feb. 22 and March 8 with team being announced March 15 during the First Round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.
The top six golfers from the final ranking in the spring from both the United States and International men and women – 12 total golfers – will be among the 24 individuals selected to compete in the Arnold Palmer Cup on July 6-8 at Evian Resort Golf Club in southeastern France.
The remaining six men’s and women’s spots for the United States will consist of five committee selections, including at least one non-Division I golfer, and a coaches’ pick. The balance of the International team will include the men’s and women’s winners of The R&A Scholars Tournament, four committee selections and a coaches pick.
The 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup will be the first using the expanded format of United States men’s and women’s collegiate golfers against their counterparts from around the world.
Using Golfstat’s NCAA Player Ranking as a base, the Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking awards bonus points for wins and high finishes and a penalty for poor finishes. The ranking also contains a strength of schedule component.
ABOUT Leonie Harm
Through five tournaments in the fall, Harm has been a steady leader for the Cougars, who are ranked No. 21 in the latest Golfstat team rankings.
The Gerlingen, Germany, native finished among the top-14 in all five fall tournaments with three top-5 showings. This season, she leads the Cougars with a 71.53 average and nine rounds of par or better.
She opened the season by tying for fifth at the Mason Rudolph Championship at 5-under-211 and followed that with a fifth-place showing at the Betsy Rawls Invitational. After tying for 12th at the Maryb S. Kauth Invitational, Harm tied for fifth at the Trinity Forest Invitational.
In the fall finale, Harm began the Battle at the Beach with a season-low 67 and proceeded to shoot par or better during the final two rounds for a third-place finish with a score of 5-under 208.
The Cougars open their spring season at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Championship on Feb. 18-20, 2018, at English Turn Country Club in New Orleans.
From there, the team will play host to their own The Dickson on Feb. 26-27 at The Woodlands Country Club in The Woodlands, Texas.
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