ALLENDALE — Alex Scott came back from Florida with a cold and much, much more.

The Traverse City West graduate and Grand Valley State golfer learned Wednesday while in the Sunshine State for the Saddlebrook Spring Kick-Off in Wesley Chapel, Florida, that he'd been selected for a pretty big honor.

The GVSU All-American was lounging after the first round when suddenly he could hear coach Gary Bissell yelling, "Turn on The Golf Channel right now!"

Scott turned on the TV, but it only showed some highlights of a tournament.

What coach Bissell referred to was already off screen.

Bissell came in the room and told Scott he'd been selected to the Arnold Palmer Cup team to represent the United States in a Ryder Cup-style tournament against an international field.

Scott is one of 11 men tabbed for the honor.

"He said, 'You haven't gotten a text yet?" Scott said Bissell told him. "Then he showed me his phone, and it's blowing up. I almost couldn't believe it."

Scott knew he was in the running, as he was asked to apply for the invitation-only tournament by Dustin Roberts after finishing second in the Patriot All America Invitational in December in Arizona. Quade Cummins of the University of Oklahoma, who tied for second with Scott, was one of the four committee selections along with Scott for the Palmer Cup.

But only one golfer from outside of Division 1 gets invited.

Scott, a finalist for last season's Division II Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year award as a junior, would go on to win at Saddlebrook with a 1-under total in the three-day tournament. The other course at that site is named after Arnold Palmer, the golf legend who passed away in 2016.

"Anything that has his name in it is super powerful," Scott said Saturday, back at Grand Valley, battling a cold.

Scott is delaying turning pro for two weeks in order to remain eligible to play in the Palmer Cup. He planned to turn pro immediately after the college season concluded.

The Palmer tournament, set for June 7-9 in Roland, Arkansas at The Alotian Club — pits a team of top men and women collegiate golfers against their international counterparts.

No other GVSU golfer has ever been selected for the event, now in its 23rd year. The United States won the event last year and holds a 12-9-1 all-time series lead.

Ann Parmerter of Dallas Baptist is the only female U.S. player from a non-Division 1 school.

"You've got all the Power Five schools — and then me," Scott joked. "I still don't know if I can fully describe it."

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