FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas All-American Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira will play for Team International at the 2022 Arnold Palmer Cup this weekend (July 1-3). The 26th annual event features the top men’s and women’s amateur golfers from around the world and will be played in Geneva, Switzerland at Golf Club de Genève.
Fernandez de Oliveira (Argentina) is 31st in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and is the first player from Argentina to play in the Arnold Palmer Cup.
Fernandez de Oliveira cemented his spot at the Arnold Palmer Cup after winning the South America Amateur Championship and was runner-up at the Latin American Amateur Championship in back-to-back weeks this past January. Also this past season, he won his first collegiate tournament this season – defeating Palmer Cup Team USA selection Palmer Jackson (Notre Dame) in a playoff at the Jackson T. Stephens Cup – and had six top 10 finishes, including three in the top five and placing ninth at the NCAA Championship. His season scoring average of 70.88 not only led the team but was third-best in school history.
Fernandez de Oliveira is the fifth Razorback (seventh appearance) from the men’s program to play in the Arnold Palmer Cup. He joins fellow 2022 selection from South America Fred Biondi (Brazil/Univ. of Florida) to be just the fourth and fifth players (male or female) from South America to make the squad.
Razorbacks to play in the Arnold Palmer Cup include:
- 2010: David Lingmerth (Sweden) for Team Europe
- 2011 – 2012 – 2013: Sebastian Cappelen (Denmark) for Team Europe
- 2018: Alvaro Ortiz (Mexico) and Maria Fassi (Mexico) for Team International; Alana Uriell for Team USA
- 2018 – 2019: Dylan Kim for Team USA
- 2019: Kaylee Benton for Team USA
- 2021: Julian Perico (Peru) for Team International; Brooke Matthews for Team USA.
- 2022: Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira (Argentina)
South Americans to play in the Arnold Palmer Cup:
- 2019: Ivan Ramirez (Colombia / Texas Tech)
- 2020: Sofia Garcia (Paraguay / Texas Tech)
- 2001: Julian Perico (Peru / Arkansas)
- 2022: Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira (Argentina / Arkansas)
Fred Biondi (Brazil / Florida)