Gouveia, Europe Win Palmer Cup

June 28, 2014

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By Andy Seeley

WALTON-ON-THE-HILL, England (UCFKnights.com) – Led by UCF senior Ricardo Gouveia, Team Europe dominated final-day singles matches of the Palmer Cup at Walton Heath - claiming 8.5 of 10 points - to defeat the United States, 18.5-11.5. Europe has won the last two Palmer Cups staged in Europe. The United States leads the all-time Palmer Cup series, 9-8-1.

James Ross began the European tidal wave with a 3 and 2 victory over Brandon Hagy. Grant Forrest made it back-to-back matches for the Scottish contingent when he downed Trey Mullinax, 3 and 2.

Ricardo Gouveia downed Stewart Jolly, 3 and 2, in a match he never trailed. He held a couple of 1-up leads early in the match but took control with a 3-up lead by winning Nos. 9-11. He led by as many as 4-up thru 13 before settling for the 3 and 2 win.

For the entire event, Gouveia took part in four different events. He was victorious in three of those four rounds.

The United States’ lone victory was on the final day was Ollie Schniederjans’ over Louis Tomlinson, 5 and 3. Thomas Detry reignited the European winning streak beating Jack Maguire 4 and 3. Jack McDonald defeated Bryson Dechambeau, 2 and 1. Paul Dunne survived an early surge by America’s Robby Shelton to win 1-up.

Jon Rahm clinched the match for Europe with a 4 and 2 victory against Wyndham Clark. Sweden’s Erik Oja defeated Anthony Maccaglia 3 and 2.  Pep Angles and Rico Hoey halved the final match.

Gouveia and Hoey were named recipients of the Michael Carter Award, which is presented to the Palmer Cup participant that best represents the qualities and ideals of sportsmanship, integrity and upholding of the game.

Gouveia was a third-team All-America selection, a first-team all-region honoree and a member of The American’s all-conference team during his senior season with the Knights. This year’s Palmer Cup marked the second consecutive event to feature a UCF Knight. Greg Eason played in last year’s event for Team Europe, as well.



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