April 20, 2011
NORMAN, OKLA. - The United States and European teams have been announced for the 2011 Palmer Cup at The Stanwich Club outside Greenwich, Conn. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played June 9-11.
Team USA will consist of Blayne Barber of Auburn, UCLA's Patrick Cantlay, Abilene Christian's Alex Carpenter, Russell Henley of Georgia, Oregon's Daniel Miernicki, Bank Vongvanij of Florida, Washington's Chris Williams and Stanford's Andrew Yun. Henley and Miernicki were part of last year's victories American squad at Royal Portrush with Henley posting a 3-1 record and Miernicki a 2-2 mark. The United States team will be lead by head coach Tim Poe of Central Missouri and assistant coach Michael Burcin of South Carolina.
Representing Europe will be Arkansas' Sebastian Cappelen, Ignacio Elvira of Texas A&M, Texas Tech's Nils Floren, Jeff Karlsson of Kennesaw State, Liberty's Robert Karlsson, Nick MacAndrew of Aberdeen, Augusta State's Henrik Norlander and UCLA's Pontus Widegren. Widegren went 3-1 at the 2010 Palmer Cup while Norlander was 2-2. Norlander also posted a 2-2 mark at the 2009 Palmer Cup at Cherry Hills and helped lead Europe to victory. Floren, Norlander, Widegren and both Jeff and Robert Karlsson hail from Sweden while Cappelen is a native of Denmark, Elvira is from Spain and MacAndrew is Scottish. Rickard Lindberg of the Swedish Golf Federation will serve as head coach of the European team and Northwestern's David Inglis will serve as his assistant. Inglis is the first former Palmer Cup player to serve as a coach in the event after representing Scotland in both 2001 and 2003.
The United States leads the Palmer Cup series 7-6-1.
Cantlay, who is the number three ranked individual golfer according to Golfweek, currently leads the Bruins with three tournament victories and six top-10 finishes on the season. Widegren is the 22nd ranked golfer and won the NCAA Fall Preview at Karsten Creek Golf Course back in September. He is also second on the team in scoring average, averaging a 71.8 for his rounds.
Blayne Barber, Auburn
Patrick Cantlay, UCLA
Alex Carpenter, Abilene Christian
Russell Henley, Georgia
Daniel Miernicki, Oregon
Bank Vongvanij, Florida
Chris Williams, Washington
Andrew Yun, Stanford
Head Coach: Tim Poe, Central Missouri
Assistant Coach: Michael Burcin, South Carolina
Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas (Denmark)
Ignacio Elvira, Texas A&M (Spain)
Nils Floren, Texas Tech (Sweden)
Jeff Karlsson, Kennesaw State (Sweden)
Robert Karlsson, Liberty (Sweden)
Nick MacAndrew, Aberdeen (Scotland)
Henrik Norlander, Augusta State (Sweden)
Pontus Widegren, UCLA (Sweden)
Head Coach: Rickard Lindberg, Swedish National Coach
Assistant Coach: David Inglis, Northwestern (Scotland)