Illinois State University senior David Perkins has been named as one of 16 competitors selected for the United States Golf Association’s Palmer Cup, a three-day Walker Cup practice session taking place at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge and Lake Nona Country Club in Orlando.

Perkins currently has a World Amateur Golf Ranking of 40. He was recently named a third team All-American by PING, as well as All-Region. He also received multiple Missouri Valley Conference awards, including MVC Player of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year. Last season, he had a scoring average of 69.39- which beat the second lowest score and the rest of the conference by almost three strokes.

Perkins is no stranger to elite amateur events. He has finished top-five at the Patriot All-America Tournament, Jones Cup and Southern Amateur, and top-20 finishes at the Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship and the Azalea Invitational. He tied for 23rd place at the US Amateur Championships to advance to the match play tournament.

“What an honor for Perkins to be among the few invited to the Walker Cup practice session by the USGA’s team selection committee,” Illinois State head men’s golf coach Ray Kralis said. “Because of his success on the collegiate level and in elite amateur championships over the last couple of seasons, he is clearly recognized as one of the best amateur players in the world. This session also allows the golfers to develop relationships and team camaraderie, and I think they will see that David is a great team guy as well.”

MIKEY FORNELLI is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at mlforn1@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @Mfojr

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