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Coach with La Conner, Irish links to lead Team USA golfers at Palmer Cup

A member of La Conner’s O’Leary family will coach Team USA golfers at the 2024 Arnold Palmer Cup in Ireland next summer.

Matt Thurmond, a son of La Conner High School alums Kathy O’Leary Thurmond and the late Joe Thurmond, was chosen last month to be the head coach at the three-day competition on Ireland’s west coast next July.

Thurmond is head coach of the Arizona State University men’s golf team. He previously guided the University of Washington men.

The Arnold Palmer Cup features the best men’s and women’s collegiate golfers against their international counterparts in an event played annual...


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