OU’s Brightwell, Reband, Cummins named to Palmer Cup Team

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NORMAN – A trio of Oklahoma men’s golfers will represent the United States in the 2020 Arnold Palmer Cup, it was announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America on Friday.

Jonathan Brightwell was added to the roster that already included fellow Sooners Quade Cummins and Garett Reband, marking just the second time in the event’s 23-year history that three members of the same collegiate team will play in the event.

The three will be part of the 24-player United States team that will compete against the top international collegiate golfers in the world on Dec. 21-23 at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla. The Arnold Palmer Cup was co-founded by Arnold Palmer and The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and began at Bay Hill in 1997. The Cup is supported by Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation and provides a platform for perpetuating Arnold Palmer’s commitment to youth development and the growth of amateur and collegiate golf.

The selection is the second straight for Cummins and the first for both Reband and Brightwell. The three join OU alumnus Brad Dalke on the list of Sooners to represent the Crimson and Cream at the event. Dalke and OU head coach Ryan Hybl led the U.S. squad to a victory over the international team in the 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup.

“The Arnold Palmer Cup is such a prestigious team event and for us to have three guys on the team at once is truly amazing,” Hybl said. “Quade, Garett and Jonathan have all earned their way onto the team after playing really good golf. They’ll have a great time representing the United States at Bay Hill, the home of Arnold Palmer.”

Cummins is on track to leave Oklahoma as one of the most decorated golfers in Sooner history. The two-time All-American is ranked No. 8 in the latest PGA Tour U rankings after a fall slate where the Weatherford, Okla., product grabbed a pair of runner-up finishes at Colonial and East Lake. The redshirt senior owns the school record for lowest career scoring average (71.28) and his 71 par-or-better rounds are second all-time only to Grant Hirschman.

Reband has been a staple in the Oklahoma lineup since he arrived to Norman in 2016. His 95 collegiate rounds are the third-most on the team behind only his fellow Palmer Cup teammates. His 2019-20 campaign produced the lowest single-season scoring average in Oklahoma history of 69.39 and his career average vs. par of -0.13 is a school record. The All-American is ranked No. 6 in the PGA Tour U rankings, sitting one spot away from earning automatic Korn Ferry Tour status.

Brightwell transferred to Norman after four years at UNC-Greensboro where the Charlotte, N.C., product set nearly every school record en route to second-team All-America honors last season. The Haskins Watch List honoree notched three top-15 finishes for Hybl’s team this fall and is ranked inside the top 30 of the PGA Tour U rankings, giving the Sooners the title of the only school with three top-30 PGA Tour U players.

Oklahoma women’s golfer Kaitlin Milligan received an invite to represent the United States on the women’s side but will forego the invitation in preparation for the spring season. The Sooners are one of four teams that had a man and woman invited to play in the event.

More information on Oklahoma men’s golf can be found on Twitter and Instagram (@OU_MGolf). Information about the 2020 Palmer Cup can be found online.

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