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Palmer Cup gets underway Friday at Rich Harvest Farms
NORMAN, Okla. – The Palmer Cup gets underway on Friday at at Rich Harvest Farms outside Sugar Grove, Ill. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition pits the top collegiate players from Europe against their counterparts from the USA. The matches will be played Friday through Sunday.

Jon Rahm of Arizona State (Spain) led the six players from Europe selected by the Palmer Cup Ranking. He was joined by his Arizona State teammate Max Rottluff (Germany), Rowin Caron of Florida State (Netherlands), ETSU’s Adrian Meronk (Poland), Clement Sordet from Texas Tech (France) and Thomas Detry from Illinois (Belgium) from the ranking. Committee selections were Gary Hurley of Maynooth (Ireland) and Vanderbilt’s Matthias Schwab (Austria). Mathias Eggenberger of Stirling (Switzerland) qualified for Team Europe by winning The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament. Pep Angles of Central Arkansas (Spain) was Jean Van de Velde’s coach’s pick.

Rahm, Detry and Angles were members of last year’s victorious European squad while Hurley was a member of the 2013 team at Wilmington Country Club. Meronk is the first Palmer Cup player from Poland while Schwab is the first from Austria. Counting its coaching staff, Europe is represented by a Palmer Cup record 10 countries.

Lee McCoy of Georgia, Stanford’s Maverick McNealy, Vanderbilt’s Hunter Stewart, Alabama’s Robby Shelton, Florida State’s Jack Maguire and Beau Hossler of Texas were the six United States players selected by the Palmer Cup Ranking. Baylor’s Kyle Jones, Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans and Carr Vernon of CSU Monterey Bay were committee selections. Vernon was the designated non-Division I player. Anders Albertson of Georgia Tech was coach Bruce Heppler’s coach’s pick. Maguire and Schniederjans were members of 2014 American team that fell to Europe at Walton Heath.

TEAM LISTINGS:

EUROPE
Palmer Cup Ranking Selections
Jon Rahm, Arizona State - Spain
Max Rottluff, Arizona State - Germany
Rowin Caron, Florida State - Netherlands
Adrian Meronk, ETSU - Poland
Clement Sordet, Texas Tech - France
Thomas Detry, Illinois - Belgium

Commitee Selections
Gary Hurley, Maynooth - Ireland
Matthias Schwab, Vanderbilt - Austria

The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament
Mathias Eggenberger, Stirling - Switzerland

Coach’s Pick
Pep Angles, Central Arkansas - Spain

Coaches
Head Coach - Jean Van de Velde - France
Assistant Coach - Janice Moodie - Scotland

UNITED STATES
Palmer Cup Ranking Selections
Lee McCoy, Georgia
Maverick McNealy, Stanford
Hunter Stewart, Vanderbilt
Robby Shelton, Alabama
Jack Maguire, Florida State
Beau Hossler, Texas

Commitee Selections
Kyle Jones, Baylor
Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech
Carr Vernon, CSU Monterey Bay

Coach’s Pick
Anders Albertson, Georgia Tech

Coaches
Head Coach - Bruce Heppler, Georgia Tech
Assistant Coach - Chris Hill, Pacific

Quick Facts: Europe

Jon Rahm, Arizona State
Barrika, Spain
Junior

• Second Palmer Cup – 3-1 Record in 2014 for victorious Europe
• Tied for 5th at 2015 Waste Management Open
• Won 2014 World Team Amateur, breaking Jack Nicklaus scoring record
• Ranked No. 1 in World Amatuer Golf Ranking, Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking and Golfstat collegiate ranking; second in Sagarin
• Three college wins this season
• Two-time PING All-America selection
• Ben Hogan Award Semifinalist

Max Rottluff, Arizona State
Dusseldorf, Germany
Junior

• Two college wins this season
• 69.03 stroke average
• Nine top 10s in 11 events
• Placed 1st and 2nd in back-to-back events with Rahm

Rowin Caron, Florida State
Terheijden, Netherlands
Junior

• Seven top 10 finishes and four top 5 finishes
• Won the Gary Koch Invitational
• Has shot under par in five straight tournaments
• Second on the nation’s top ranked golf team with a 70.87 scoring average

Adrian Meronk, ETSU
Wroclow, Poland
Junior

• First golfer from Poland to compete in the Palmer Cup
• Two wins this season
• Seven top-10 finishes in 11 events

Clement Sordet, Texas Tech
Charbonnières, France
Senior

• Won Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate
• Seven top 10s in 10 events
• 70.67 stroke average

Thomas Detry, Illinois
Brussels, Belgium
Junior

• Second Palmer Cup – 3-1 Record in 2014 for victorious Europe
• Two wins this season
• 2014 PING Honorable Mention All-America
• Represented Belgium in 2012 & ’14 World Team Amateur

Gary Hurley, Maynooth (located in Maynooth, Ireland)
Waterford, Ireland

• Second Palmer Cup – 0-2-2 Record in 2013 for losing Europe
• Represented Ireland in the Home Internationals going 5-0-1
• Represented GB&I in the St. Andrews Trophy going 3-0-1
• Finished in the top 10 in five straight events worldwide
• Represented Ireland in the 2014 World Team Amateur

Matthias Schwab, Vanderbilt
Rohrmoos, Austria
Sophomore

• First golfer from Austria to compete in the Palmer Cup
• One win this season – Mason Rudolph
• Missed the final five tournaments of his freshman season and fall competition this season due to a lower back injury

Mathias Eggenberger, Stirling (located in Stirling, Scotland)
Switzerland

• Won both The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament and Scottish Universities Championships
• Advance to round of 16 at British Amateur
• Posted 5-0-1 record at Scottish Universities Match Play
• Finished T-3 at Swiss Challenge (Challenge Tour event)

Pep Angles, Central Arkansas
Barcelona, Spain
Senior

• Second Palmer Cup – 1-1-2 Record in 2014 for victorious Europe
• One win this season
• Six top 5s and eight top 10s in 10 events

Quick Facts: USA

Lee McCoy, Georgia
Clarkesville, Georgia
Junior

• Four wins this season – matching Chris Kirk and Russell Henley for Georgia single-season record
• First Georgia golfer to win three consecutive tournaments
• Worst finish is T12 in 10 events
• Ranked in the top three in both college rankings and top 10 of both major world amateur rankings 
• Ben Hogan Award Semifinalist
• 2014 PING Honorable Mention All-America selection

Maverick McNealy, Stanford
Portola Valley, California
Sophomore

• Four wins this season
• Seven top 5 finishes in 10 events
• Ben Hogan Award Semifinalist
• Ranked No. 1 by Sagarin and third by Golfstat; Eighth in World Amateur Golf Ranking
• Currently third all-time in Stanford single season wins

Hunter Stewart, Vanderbilt
Lexington, Kentucky
Junior

• Three wins this season
• Only one finish outside top 10 (T11) in nine events
• Ben Hogan Award Semifinalist
• Ranked fourth in both collegiate rankings; 12 in World Amateur Golf Ranking and 10 by Scratch Players

Robby Shelton, Alabama
Wilmer, Alabama
Sophomore

• Second Palmer Cup – 2014 2-2 in USA loss
• One win this season
• Nine top-10 finishes in 10 events
• Hogan Award Finalist
• 2014 PING First Team All-America
• Ranked sixth by Golfstat; seventh Sagarin; 15 World Amateur Golf Ranking and seventh Scratch Players

Jack Maguire, Florida State
St. Petersburg, Florida
Sophomore

• Second Palmer Cup – 2004 1-3 in USA loss
• Six top 10s in nine events
• 2014 PING Third-Team All-America selection
• Ranked seventh by Golfstat

Beau Hossler, Texas
Mission Viejo, California
Sophomore

• One win this season
• No finishes outside top 20 in 10 events
• Ben Hogan Award Semifinalist
• Won Western Amateur
• Member of winning US World Team Amateur squad
• Ranked third in World Amateur Golf Ranking, second in Scratch Players; eighth in Golfstat; 10th Sagarin
• 2014 PING Honorable Mention All-America selection

Kyle Jones, Baylor
Snowflake, Arizona
Senior

• One win this season
• Seven top 5s in 12 events; Worst finish T-14
• Runner-up at Jones Cup
• Ben Hogan Award Semifinalist
• 2014 PING Honorable Mention All-America selection

Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech
Powder Springs, Georgia
Senior

• Second Palmer Cup – 2014 3-1 for losing Team USA
• 2014 Mark H McCormack Medal recipient
• Ranked second in World Amateur Golf Ranking; third in Scratch Players; 14th Golfstat; eighth Sagarin
• Ben Hogan Award Semifinalist
• 2014 NCAA Runner-up
• 2014 PING First-Team All-America selection; Two-time All-America selection
• 2014 Ben Hogan Award and Jack Nicklaus Award Finalist

Carr Vernon, CSU Monterey Bay
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Junior

• Nine top 10s in 10 events
• Advanced to the quarterfinals of the North & South Amateur

Anders Albertson, Georgia Tech
Woodstock, Georgia
Senior

• 2015 Byron Nelson Award presented by Cleveland Golf/Srixon Recipient
• Eight top 20s in 10 events
• Two-time PING All-America selection
• Holds third best career stroke average in Georgia Tech history



story courtesy Golf Coaches Association of America
ABOUT THE Palmer Cup

The annual Ryder Cup-style competition features top collegiate players from the United States against their counterparts from Europe. Each team will now be comprised of 10 players. The event will continue to feature 24 matches with every player required to compete twice. Players must participate in either the four-ball or foursomes matches and in one of the two rounds of singles matches.

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