June 6, 2013
WILMINGTON, Del. - The 2013 Palmer Cup, a Ryder Cup-style competition, between the world's best collegiate golfers from the United States and Europe will be played beginning Friday (June 7-9) at Wilmington Country Club's South Course.
Alabama's Jay Seawell will serve as the USA's head coach. The 10-man team will feature three Crimson Tide golfers with Cory Whitsett, Bobby Wyatt and Justin Thomas selected for the United States team.
Whitsett, from Houston, Texas, was among the six U.S. players selected by the Palmer Cup Ranking. He was joined by California's Michael Kim, North Florida's Sean Dale, Patrick Rodgers of Stanford, New Mexico's James Erkenbeck, and Cal's Michael Weaver off the ranking. Palmer Cup Committee selections were Daniel Berger of Florida State, Abilene Christian's Alex Carpenter and Thomas. Bobby Wyatt of Alabama was Seawell's coach's pick.
The first day of action on Friday consists of a morning round of four-ball that is followed with an afternoon round of foursomes. The Saturday and Sunday rounds both consist of 10 singles matches.
The European team features Julien Brun of TCU (France), Iowa State's Scott Fernandez (Spain), Pedro Figueiredo (Portugal), Pontus Widegren (Sweden) of UCLA, UCF's Greg Eason (England), California's Joel Stalter (France), Kevin Phelan (Ireland) of North Florida, Nova Southeastern's Ben Taylor (England), Gary Hurley of NIU Maynooth (Ireland) and Arkansas' Sebastian Cappelen.
Thomas, Carpenter and Rodgers 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.
The United States leads the Palmer Cup series 8-7-1. Europe staged a dramatic comeback last year's Palmer Cup in Newcastle, County Down, by winning seven of the final eight singles matches for a 13.5-10.5 win.
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