A member of the Southeast
Community College golf team has been nominated to be part of an international
Noah Hofman, a first-year
student from McCook, is being considered for the 2017 Arnold Palmer Cup team.
The team features some of the best collegiate golfers in the United States and
“It’s an honor because of the
elite nature of the Palmer Cup,” said Bill Campbell, Storm head golf coach.
“The kids will be playing against peers from Europe and then traveling to
Europe, and you’re playing with the nation’s elite players.”
Campbell says he’s never had
a player considered for this team, and he ranks Hofman as being one of the top
10 players he’s coached in his 31-year career at SCC.
“It’s an honor just to be
recognized,” said Hofman.
Hofman is a lefty who won two
state Class B individual golf titles at McCook High School, and also led his
team to two state titles. He also played on the Nebraska Golf Association
Junior Kansas/Nebraska cup team for three years.
There will be 10-person teams
from the United States and Europe who will compete against each other in
Atlanta, Georgia, in June. The Arnold Palmer Cup Ranking automatically
qualifies the top six players for both sides and uses Golfstat’s NCAA Player
Ranking as a base. The remaining four will be selected using three committee
picks and one coaches pick. One spot is reserved for a non-Division I golfer.
“The fact he’s nominated
speaks volumes,” Campbell said.
The Arnold Palmer Cup started
in 1997 when Palmer was approached to create an international collegiate event
between the U.S., Great Britain and Ireland. It started at the Bay Hill Club in
Florida and has since been held at historic courses such as Royal Liverpool,
Ballybunion, Whistling Straits, Glasgow Golf Club, and Formby Golf Club. The
teams will be announced March 16. This year’s event will be held at the Atlanta
Athletic Club June 9-11, 2017.