April 23, 2013
The Palmer Cup teams for both the United States and Europe were announced this week. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played June 7-9 at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Del.
Julien Brun of TCU (France), Iowa State's Scott Fernandez (Spain), Pedro Figueiredo (Portugal) and Pontus Widegren (Sweden) of UCLA, UCF's Greg Eason (England) and California's Joel Stalter (France) were the six European players selected by the Palmer Cup Ranking. Kevin Phelan (Ireland) of North Florida and Nova Southeastern's Ben Taylor (England) were committee selections. Gary Hurley of NIU Maynooth (Ireland) qualified for Team Europe by winning The R&A Foundation Scholars' Tournament. Arkansas' Sebastian Cappelen was coach Andrew Coltart's coach's pick.
California's Michael Kim led the six U.S. players selected by the Palmer Cup Ranking. He was joined by North Florida's Sean Dale, Patrick Rodgers of Stanford, New Mexico's James Erkenbeck, Alabama's Cory Whitsett and Cal's Michael Weaver off the ranking. Committee selections were Daniel Berger of Florida State, Abilene Christian's Alex Carpenter and Alabama's Justin Thomas. Bobby Wyatt of Alabama was coach Jay Seawell's coach's pick.
Carpenter, Rodgers and Thomas have each previously represented the United States in the Palmer Cup. Widegren will become just the fourth golfer to play in four Palmer Cups while European teammates Cappelen and Brun are competing in their third and second, respectively. Figueiredo is the first player from Portugal to play in the event while Dale, Phelan, Eason and Fernandez were the first golfers from their schools selected.