Opening ceremonies at the Palmer Cup
SUGAR GROVE, Illinois (June 14, 2015) -- After
dominating the singles matches on Saturday with
of 10 available points, the USA was all but
of reclaiming the Palmer Cup over Europe.
But stranger things have happened than a
potential European comeback -- anyone who has
followed the Ryder Cup knows that.
Today USA needed just two points to
Cup, and they got those, and two and a half
for a convincing 18-12 victory. The contest was
at Rich Harvest Farms, which first came onto the
radar by hosting the Solheim Cup. The ascendent
course, designed and built by Jerry Rich on his
property, will also host the Western Amateur in
August. In 2016 it will host the LPGA's inaugural
The Crown, and in 2017, the
NCAA Division I Championships. How did they
these major events?
"Patience," said Jerry Rich.
"Lots of patience."
Hunter Stewart’s 4 and 3 victory against
Detry put the Americans one match away from
reclaiming the cup. Stewart won the first hole
birdie but Detry claimed the next hole and took
lead thru No. 4. Stewart squared the match with
birdie at the sixth and took the lead for good
at No. 8.
Clement Sordet kept Europe’s hopes alive
after downing Anders Albertson, 2 and 1 in the
match. Sordet won the first hole and led
But the United States wasted no time in
clinching the Palmer Cup with near simultaneous
victories by Beau Hossler and Ollie
Hossler defeated Pep Angles, 2 and 1, while
Schneiderjans bested Max Rottluff, 5 and 3.
player gained more than a 1-up advantage in the
Hossler-Angles match until Hossler won three
straight holes beginning at No. 14. Schniederjans
won his the first hole and never trailed.
Both Schiederjans (McCormack Medal
exemption) and Hossler (a sectional qualifier)
now head for Chambers Bay to compete in the
Open. Also heading that direction are Kyle Jones,
McCoy, and Jack Maguire.
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Hunter Stewart and Robby Shelton of Team
became the 15th and 16th players to post a 4-0
record at a Palmer Cup. It was the first time that
multiple players went undefeated and untied
Europe accomplished the same feat in 2006.
A tie in the final match (Jon Rahm and Lee
McCoy) meant that Europe could at least leave
knowing they "won the day" 5 1/2 to 4
1/2. The overall record now stands 10-8-1 in
Steven Crane of Chicago represented
AmateurGolf.com at the event, and noted the
level of integrity and class in which the teams
"It was wonderful to be out there -- my
wife and I had a great time today," said Crane.
"I was very impressed by the way both teams
Crane also told us that USA Captain Bruce
Heppler enjoyed leading the young team.
"I tried to recruit many of these
guys," joked Heppler.
-- MATCH NOTES --
MICHAEL CARTER AWARD:
Matthias Schwab of Rohrmoos, Austria, and
Stewart of Lexington, Ky., were named
the award, which is presented to the Palmer Cup
participant that best represents the qualities and
ideals sportsmanship, integrity and upholding of
ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL
EXEMPTION: The USA team was given
opportunity to select one player to compete in
Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA Tour next
March. Their pick? Maverick McNealy of
The Haskins Award winner is likely to see action
more than a few Tour events in the near future.
the special exemption is further evidence that
Palmer is committed to growing the Palmer Cup.
Tech coach Bruce Heppler captained the winning
side, while Jean van de Velde (most famous for
tragic loss at the British Open in 1999) was
captain of the European side.
ARNOLD PALMER: Scott
Wellington from Arnold Palmer Enterprises
explained that Mr. Palmer really appreciated
shaking hands with each competitor Friday at the
start of the event.
NEXT YEAR: The 2016
Palmer Cup will be played at the Formby Golf
-- ABOUT THE PALMER CUP --
In 1997 Arnold Palmer was approached by
Golf Coaches Association of America regarding
lending his name to an international collegiate
between the United States and Great Britain and
Ireland. The event would use a Ryder Cup-style
format and bring together the top eight
players in the United States against their
counterparts from GB&I. Palmer, a former
collegiate player himself, has been called
greatest Ambassador for the game of golf. With
blessing and the support of the Arnold Palmer
Company, the inaugural event was played at his
Bay Hill Club in Florida in June 1997.
“I had long thought that an international
competition such as this would enrich the lives
young men through the universal bond of the
game of golf. This year is particularly significant
since it comes on the centennial anniversary of
founding of golf on the college level,” said Mr.
Originally founded as a men's only
women will be added to the mix starting in 2016.
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