Ohio State junior golfer Maxwell Moldovan is set to represent the United States on the international level, while redshirt junior Caley McGinty, who hails from England, will compete for Team International at the 2023 Palmer Cup.
Ohio State announced both golfers would compete in the competition on Tuesday. The Palmer Cup mirrors the style of the Ryder Cup, pitting the best collegiate golfers — men’s and women’s — from the United States and internationally against one another. This year’s Palmer Cup will be held at the Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pa. from June 8-10.
Hailing from Uniontown, Ohio, Moldovan has made his mark on Ohio State golf since he arrived on campus in 2020. He landed on the All-Big Ten team as a freshman and sophomore, while setting the program’s single-season scoring record in both years.
Moldovan is on track to break his own record yet again this season and has tallied eight Top 10 and five Top Five finishes while appearing in 10 events. Moldovan is currently ranked No. 28 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Moldovan becomes the third male Buckeye to compete in the event, joining Chris Wollman — who competed in the inaugural Palmer Cup in 1997 — and Will Grimmer, who played in 2019.
McGinty, who came to Ohio State by way of Bristol, England, was the 10th-ranked collegiate international player in the final Palmer Cup standings — landing a spot on the international team.
“Getting selected for the Arnold Palmer Cup has been a huge goal of mine since freshman year,” McGinty said in a release. “I’m so thankful to be surrounded by such great teammates and coaches at Ohio State that have allowed my game to progress to a place that has allowed me to achieve this. It’s going to be a huge honor to represent Team International and the Buckeyes at such a special event.”
McGinty has enjoyed a breakout season with the Buckeyes, earning her first-career individual win during the Westbrook Invitational from Feb. 26-27. She enjoyed five Top Five finishes during the spring season, including at the Mountain View Collegiate — where she secured a second-place finish by shooting a nine-under 63, the lowest 18-hole round in program history.
“Caley’s selection to Team International for the Arnold Palmer Cup is a testament to all the hard work she has put in throughout her collegiate career,” Ohio State women’s golf head coach Lisa Strom said in a release. “We are excited for her, and I can’t wait to watch her compete in this prestigious competition. She set some goals early in her career and to see her be able to check them off her list is so rewarding.”