University of North Carolina men’s golf associate head coach Andrew DiBitetto will assist Texas head coach John Fields with Team United States at the 2017 Arnold Palmer Cup that will be played June 9-11 at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
“I’m extremely excited about being the assistant coach for the United States Team at this year’s Palmer Cup,” says DiBitetto. “I look forward to representing our country, as it is very rare and very special opportunity. With Mr. Palmer’s recent passing and this being the 20th Palmer Cup, this year’s event will have even more significance than usual. I’m honored to be a part of it and I look forward to doing everything I can to help Coach Fields and Team USA.”
DiBitetto is in his sixth year at Carolina. The Rochester, N.Y., native played collegiate golf at Charlotte and was the 49ers’ assistant coach and interim head coach prior to joining Andrew Sapp’s staff at UNC.
DiBitetto won the 2016 Jan Strickland Award. The GCAA presents the Strickland Award to the assistant coach who excels in working with student-athletes both on the golf course and in the classroom.
The Tar Heels have won seven team titles and six different players have won medalist honors eight times in DiBitetto’s six years in Chapel Hill. DiBitetto has coached six players on UNC’s all-time top 25 scoring average list, including junior William Register, who is first, and Ben Griffin, who is sixth.
Carolina finished in the top five in all four of its fall events and open the spring season at the Sea Best Invitational in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on February 6th. The Tar Heels concluded fall play ranked 20th by Golfweek.
“Coaching the Arnold Palmer Cup team is a career goal and an huge honor,” says the Longhorns’ Fields. “I am thrilled to be associated with the Palmer name and what it means to collegiate golf. Our team will be prepared for success with the anticipation of representing the United States at the highest level of competitive golf and sportsmanship.”
Palmer and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) co-founded the The Arnold Palmer Cup, that was first contested at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla. in 1997. The event is a Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top male university/college golfers matching the United States against Europe.
“Representing the U.S. in the Arnold Palmer Cup is a great honor for Andrew,” says Tar Heel head coach Andrew Sapp. “The Palmer Cup is an incredible event and he will do a great job assisting in the coaching of the team. It is also a terrific opportunity to work with Hall of Fame Coach John Fields. We are proud of the work Andrew does for UNC and look forward to him coaching for the U.S.”
Since its inception, 101 former Arnold Palmer Cup alumni have gone on to earn cards on either the PGA or European Tours, 22 alumni have gone on to represent Europe or the USA in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, and 47 have claimed 173 victories on the PGA or European Tours. The United States leads the series 10-9-1.
The Arnold Palmer Cup is supported by Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation. The Arnold Palmer Cup provides a platform for perpetuating Arnold Palmer’s commitment to youth development and the growth of amateur/collegiate golf.