Gouveia Going to Palmer Cup

April 17, 2014

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By Andy Seeley

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) -- The Palmer Cup teams for both the United States and Europe were announced today on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played June 26-28 at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England.  

UCF senior Ricardo Gouveia (Portugal) was chosen to represent Team Europe. His selection marks the second straight year a Knight will take part in the Palmer Cup. Greg Eason (England) represented UCF last year.

Joining Gouveia are Jon Rahm of Arizona State (Spain), Erik Oja of Arizona (Sweden), Illinois’ Thomas Detry (Belgium), Pep Angles of Central Arkansas (Spain), and Houston’s James Ross (Scotland) as the six European players selected by the Palmer Cup Ranking. UAB’s Paul Dunne (Ireland) and Grant Forrest of San Diego (Scotland) were committee selections. Louis Tomlinson of UCLAN Myerscough (England) qualified for Team Europe by winning The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament. Jack McDonald of Stirling University in Scotland was coach Andrew Coltart’s coach’s pick. Seven countries are represented on Team Europe.

Cameron Wilson of Stanford led the six U.S. players selected by the Palmer Cup Ranking. He was joined by Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans, Robby Shelton of Alabama, Oklahoma State’s Wyndham Clark, Brandon Hagy of California and Southern California’s Rico Hoey from the ranking. Committee selections were Bryson Dechambeau of SMU, Oglethorpe’s Anthony Maccaglia and Alabama’s Trey Mullinax. Stewart Jolly of LSU was coach Steve Desimone’s coach’s pick.
In 1997 Arnold Palmer was approached by the Golf Coaches Association of America regarding lending his name to an international collegiate event between the United States and Great Britain and Ireland. The event would use a Ryder Cup-style format and bring together the top eight collegiate players in the United States against their counterparts from GB&I. Palmer, a former collegiate player himself, has been called America’s greatest Ambassador for the game of golf. With his blessing and the support of the Arnold Palmer Golf Company, the inaugural event was played at his own Bay Hill Club in Florida in June 1997. 

“I had long thought that an international competition such as this would enrich the lives of young men through the universal bond of the great game of golf. This year is particularly significant since it comes on the centennial anniversary of the founding of golf on the college level,” said Mr. Palmer. 

Great venues have highlighted the competition since its inception in 1997. After Bay Hill, the Palmer Cup was next contested in Scotland in 1998 on the Old and New Courses at St. Andrews. In subsequent years the matches have been played at such historic venues as The Honors Course, Royal Liverpool, Baltusrol, Doonbeg, Cassique, Ballybunion, Whistling Straits-The Irish, Prestwick, Caves Valley, Glasgow Golf Club Gailes Links, Cherry Hills, Royal Portrush Golf Club, The Stanwich Club, Royal Country Down Golf Club and, most recently, Wilmington Country Club in 2013. 

Upon conclusion of the 2002 event at Doonbeg in Ireland, a decision was made to alter the team composition by including European players with those from Great Britain and Ireland. The affects of this decision has significantly changed the Palmer Cup in its international appeal and competitiveness of the matches. Teams were expanded to 10 players each starting in 2013. Currently the United States leads the all-time series 9-7-1. 



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