RENO, Nev. (KOLO) With the release of the first spring Arnold Palmer Cup ranking for the 2018 event at Evian Resort Golf Club, Nevada’s Grant Booth is ranked in the top 25 on the international side.
“We received notification in December from the Arnold Palmer Cup committee that Grant was being considered for the prestigious event,” said Nevada head coach Jacob Wilner. “It is a huge honor and a testament to how good of a player he is. He will need a very good start to the spring to make the squad but as always he is focused on the process of getting better and not outcomes.”
Booth enters the first spring ranking in 20th of the international men. He is one of just three men selected from around the Mountain West along with Harry Hall and Shintaro Ban of UNLV. 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 July 6-8.
Booth finished the fall season with a scoring average of 70.4, which is on pace to set a single season program record. The Australia native played his 15 rounds this fall at 18-under par, carding nine rounds at par or better, including a career-low 64 at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational. He placed inside the top 20 in all five events and placed third at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational, his best finish of the fall.
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. Subsequent rankings will be released on February 22 and March 8 with teams being announced March 15 during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.
Nevada gets its spring season underway Monday, Feb. 19 when it competes in the King of the Mountain, a dual match against San Jose State at Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton, Wash.