Cal's Kim, 3 'Bama players lead U.S. Palmer Cup team


Alabama head coach Jay Seawell appeared on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” on Monday to announce the 10-man squads for the upcoming Palmer Cup. 

The 17th annual Palmer Cup – an international, Ryder Cup-style competition between college standouts from the United States and Europe – will be held June 7-9 at Wilmington Country Club in Delaware.

The U.S. leads the overall series, 8-7-1. Last year at Royal County Down, Team Europe stunned the Americans, erasing a four-point deficit on the final day to win, 13.5-10.5.

The six automatic qualifiers for the U.S. team, which will be captained by Seawell, are: Michael Kim (California-Berkeley), Sean Dale (North Florida), Patrick Rodgers (Stanford), James Erkenbeck (New Mexico), Cory Whitsett (Alabama) and Michael Weaver (Cal).

The Palmer Cup committee then made three picks: Daniel Berger (Florida State), Alex Carpenter (Abilene Christian) and Justin Thomas (Alabama).

Seawell had one captain’s selection, which he used on one of his own players, junior Bobby Wyatt.

Team Europe, which is captained by Andrew Coltart, also unveiled its team on Monday. 

The six automatic qualifiers are: Julien Brun (TCU), Scott Fernandez (Iowa State), Pedro Figueiredo (UCLA), Greg Eason (UCF), Pontus Widegren (UCLA) and Joel Stalter (Cal).

The team was rounded out with the two committee picks of Kevin Phelan (North Florida) and Ben Taylor (Nova Southeastern), as well as Gary Hurley (NUI Maynooth), the R&A Scholars Champion, and captain’s pick Sebastian Cappelen (Arkansas).

The Palmer Cup will be held the week after the NCAA Championship, meaning team preparation will be “a little bit on the fly,” Seawell said. 

“But we see a lot of these guys every week; some guys are even teammates,” he said. “When we get together in June, they’re going to be very familiar with each other and it’s going to be a great, spirited match.”