Charlie Danielson and Team USA rallied in afternoon play
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FORMBY, England (June 24, 2016) -- Team USA needed a rally in the afternoon four-ball on day one of the Palmer Cup and they got it. Trailing 4-1 after the morning foursomes the American's rallied, taking the afternoon portion of play at Formby Golf Club 3-2.
The Europeans posted the second sessions first point with a 4&2 win by Adrian Meronk and David Boote over Michael Johnson and Derek Bard. In fact it looked as if the European's would handle the session with ease after they won two of the first three matches.
After not winning a match in the morning the U.S. finally earned a whole point when Doug Ghim and Will Zalatoris won their match 2&1. They took the lead on the 8th hole against Matthias Schwab and Sam Horsfield and never relinquished it.
The second American point was posted by Rico Hoey and Nahum Mendoza III as they won 2&1. The match was all-square until the U.S. won the 17th hole and halved the 18th to defeat Robin Petersson and Mathias Eggenberger.
Team USA recorded their final point as Zach Wright and Charlie Danielson defeated Lars van Meijel and Stuart Grehan 4&2. Wright and Danielson won the first hole of the match as they led wire-to-wire.
The only other European point on Friday afternoon was tallied by Robin Sciot-Siegrist and Antoine Rozner as they outlasted Alistair Docherty and Will Gordon by a 1 up score.
In the morning session Europe took a commanding 4-1 lead. The European's got wins from the pairings of Adrian Meronk/Matthias Schwab, Antoine Rozner/Robin Sciot-Siegrist and Stuart Grehan/Lars van Meijel.
The remaining two matches were halved as the U.S. were able to salvage a point before heading into afternoon play.
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top collegiate players from the United States
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Each team will now be comprised of 10 players.
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