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Europe Beats U.S. to Retain Palmer Cup

CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, CO (June 5, 2009)--Europe stymied a late American rally to claim a 13-11 win at the 2009 Palmer Cup presented by Fisher Capital Partners at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. The victory was the Euros second in a row and second on American soil. The win evened the all-time series, 6-6-1.

After splitting the morning’s foursomes matches - which left Europe needing only 2.5 points to retain the Palmer Cup, Europe roared out to big leads in each of the first three singles matches. Team USA briefly cut into Europe’s lead when Mike Van Sickle when he posted the largest singles victory in Palmer Cup history with an 8 and 7 win. The Euros quickly responded with a 5 and 4 victory by Stephan Gross and Jorge Campillo downing Bud Cauley, 2 and 1. Tim Sluiter looked poised to close out the matches after building a four-hole lead through four holes against Morgan Hoffmann and leading by the same margin after No. 12. Hoffmann claimed four of the next five holes to move the match to all square after 17 with the Americans leading or all square in the remaining matches. However, Hoffmann’s tee shot on No. 18 went into the water to the left of the fairway and Sluiter made par to give Europe the team victory.

Cameron Tringale (1-up), Trent Leon (2 and 1) and Adam Mitchell (3 and 2) would claim wins for the U.S. while Italy’s Andrea Pavan and Erik Flores halved the final match for a final team score of 13-11.

“Our team played extremely well this week and had a tough fight today against the U.S.,” said Europe Head Coach Dean Robertson. “It was a privilege to play at a course with the history of Cherry Hills and have Arnold Palmer in attendance all week.”

Results from the Palmer Cup, played June 4-5 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colorado:

Overall: Europe 13, U.S. 11

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Day Two: U.S. 6.5, Europe 5.5

AFTERNOON SINGLES: U.S. 4.5, Europe 3.5
Jorge Campillo (E) def. Bud Cauley, 2 and 1
Stephan Gross (E) def. Steve Ziegler, 5 and 4
Tim Sluiter (E) def. Morgan Hoffmann, 1 up
Cameron Tringale (USA) def. Chris Paisley, 1 up
Mike Van Sickle (USA) def. Leonardo Motta, 8 and 7
Erik Flores (USA) halved Andrea Pavan
Trent Leon (USA) def. Robin Wingardh, 2 and 1
Adam Mitchell (USA) def. Henrik Norlander, 3 and 2

MORNING ALTERNATE SHOT: Europe 2, U.S. 2
Jorge Campillo-Tim Sluiter (E) def. Bud Cauley-Mike Van Sickle, 5 and 4
Erik Flores-Steve Ziegler (USA) def. Stephan Gross-Chris Paisley, 1 up
Leonardo Motta-Andrea Pavan (E) def. Trent Leon-Adam Mitchell, 3 and 2
Morgan Hoffmann-Cameron Tringale (USA) def. Henrik Norlander-Robin Wingardh, 1 up

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DAY ONE: Europe, 7.5, U.S. 4.5

AFTERNOON SINGLES: Europe 4.5, U.S. 3.5
Bud Cauley (USA) def. Robin Wingardh, 4 and 3
Jorge Campillo (E) def. Mike Van Sickle, 1 up
Tim Sluiter (E) halved Cameron Tringale
Leonardo Motta (E) def. Morgan Hoffmann, 2 up
Stephan Gross (E) def. Erik Flores, 3 and 1
Steve Ziegler (USA) def. Andrea Pavan, 2 and 1
Adam Mitchell (USA) def. Chris Paisley, 4 and 2
Henrik Norlander (E) def. Trent Leon, 3 and 2

MORNING FOUR-BALLS: Europe 3, U.S. 1
Jorge Campillo-Tim Sluiter (E) def. Trent Leon-Bud Cauley, 2 up
Robin Wingardh-Henrik Norlander (E) def. Erik Flores-Adam Mitchell, 6 and 4
Andrea Pavan-Leonardo Motta (E) def. Mike Van Sickle-Steve Ziegler, 2 up
Cameron Tringale-Morgan Hoffmann (USA) def. Chris Paisley-Stephan Gross, 2 up
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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