UTEP’s Frederik Dreier | Photo courtesy UTEP
NORMAN, Okla.- UTEP men’s golfer Frederik Dreier dropped five spots in the most recent Arnold Palmer Cup rankings. The senior, previously ranked No. 4, is now No. 9 among European collegiate golfers.
The final ranking for the June 9-11 match will be released March 9, with the teams announced March 16.
Started in 1997, the Arnold Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup-style competition that puts the top collegiate men’s United States players against the top collegiate men’s European players in a match play format with team, mixed team and singles sessions.
The rankings were first introduced in 2013 to select the first six golfers for each side, with the remaining four being selected by a committee and a coach for the Americans and two committee selections, a coach’s pick and the R&A Scholars Tournament champions for the European side.
Dreier, a Birkeroed, Denmark native, carded 4-over 228 (72-74-74) to mark a tie for 47th at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate in Lihue, Hawaii on February 17. The Miners finished in a tie for ninth as a team at the tournament.
The reigning Conference USA Golfer of the Year, Dreier fired a two-over-par 215 (69-77-69) to finish tied for sixth at the Arizona Intercollegiate in January, leading the UTEP squad. The senior registered four top 10 finishes in five tournaments during the fall, including two runner-up showings at the Fighting Irish Classic and the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate that earned him a C-USA Golfer of the Week honor (Oct. 19). His finish at the Fighting Irish Classic helped the team secure the title while he tallied 16 birdies. The senior boasts a 70.2 scoring average and helped his team to three tournament championships.
The Arnold Palmer Cup uses Golfstat’s NCAA Player Ranking as a base and awards points for wins and high finishes and a negative bonus for poor finishes. Strength of schedule is also factored in.
The 20th annual event will tee off June 9-11 at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia.
Dreier will join his team at the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson on Monday. Live scoring will be available at golfstat.com.