U.S. Palmer Cup team selected
25 Apr 2012
by Golfweek

see also: Arnold Palmer Cup Matches, Evian Resort

-- Golfweek.com
-- Golfweek.com

The United States is growing accustomed to winning the Palmer Cup after back-to-back victories at the annual Ryder Cup-style collegiate competition.

And, with the look at the 2012 U.S. roster, Team Europe will face a stiff test to try and cut into the Americans' 8-6-1 advantage in the series.

Led by SMU coach Josh Gregory, who won the past two NCAA titles at Augusta State before returning to his alma mater, the U.S. will feature three players returning from last year's squad that pulled out a 13-11 victory.

"It's hard to choose a team when you have so many great players to choose from," Gregory said. "We have a pretty stacked group. These eight are the best of the best."

Gregory's plan in coaching the elite squad? Make sure the team is having fun and simply get out of the way.

"I only know a few of the kids, so I mainly make sure they are having fun," Gregory said. "I need to find the right pairings and matchups, and then you simply rely on the players. You find out who (the players) feel comfortable playing with and what will create a fun environment."

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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