Golf is largely an independent sport, especially at the amateur level. It’s you and the course. But on the rare occasions when it becomes a team sport, camaraderie comes in to play.
Sure, it’s still about getting the ball in the hole in the fewest strokes possible, but when you’re doing it alongside others you genuinely like – or even have a history with – it makes the walk that much more enjoyable.
Just ask Arnold Palmer Cup teammates Sam Choi and Puwit Anupansuebsai.
Choi, a junior at New Mexico, and Anupansuebai, a senior at San Diego State, reunited this week on the International Team at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando after initially meeting back in California at Anaheim Discovery Christian School.
“I was so pumped to see that we’re going to be on the same team and play together,” Anupansuebai said. “It is awesome to see my high school teammate make it on the same team because I think not many high school teammates play together in Palmer Cup. Our relationship grew over high school years so to see my best friend on the same roster is awesome.”
The two were paired together in Tuesday morning’s foursome matches against Oklahoma’s Quade Cummins and Baylor’s Cooper Dossey, where they held a 5 up lead at the turn. Choi injured his back on the second nine, but the high school friends held on for the 1 up win.
The International team went on to blow out the Americans, sweeping all three days for a 40.5-19.5 win.
— Arnold Palmer Cup (@ArnoldPalmerCup) December 23, 2020
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