WALTON-ON-THE-HILL, England – Team Europe won eight of 10 singles matches on the final day of action Saturday at the 2014 Palmer Cup to close out an 18.5-11.5 victory over Team USA in the three-day international Ryder-Cup style amateur event at the Walton Heath Golf Club. The event pitted 10 American amateurs including former Cal player Brandon Hagy against 10 amateurs from Europe. Steve Desimone was the head coach for Team USA.
“This was quite an event put on by great organizations on a fabulous golf course with two superb teams,” Desimone said. “Everyone came together for a glorious competition. I was so honored to be a part of it. The 10 players that comprised Team USA were some of the finest young men I’ve ever been associated with.”
“Obviously it would have been nice for us to come out with a victory but the European team played as well today as any team I have ever seen,” Desimone added. “We played well, but they just played better.”
The match had been tied 10-10 after the first two days and 20 matches but Ollie Schniederjans of Georgia Tech was the only American winner Saturday, knocking off Louis Tomlinson (5 and 3). Rico Hoey of USC halved his match with Pep Angles.
Hagy, who dropped his final amateur match Saturday to James Ross (3 and 2), was the fifth Cal player to participate in the Palmer Cup. Michael Kim and Michael Weaver were on a winning American team that defeated a Team Europe squad featuring Joël Stalter in 2013, while Peter Tomasulo helped Team USA to a victory in 2003.
Hagy will make his pro debut July 3-6 at the Nova Scotia Open on the Web.com Tour.
Desimone was the first member of the Cal coaching staff to serve as a head coach at the Palmer Cup and the second to have coached in the event. Current associate head coach Walter Chun was an assistant coach for Team USA in 2009.
Each time a match is won in the Palmer Cup the winning team receives a single point or a half point if the match is split with the Palmer Cup champion the team with the most points at the conclusion of three days of play. Team Europe’s victory cut the Americans all-time advantage in the series to 9-8-1. The Palmer Cup was first played in 1997 and is named for golfing legend Arnold Palmer.
2014 Palmer Cup Results (Thursday – Saturday, June 26-28)
Thursday, June 26, 2014 First-Round Foursomes Results Match 1 – Brandon Hagy/Ollie Schniederjans, USA def. Paul Dunne/Grant Forrest, Europe (2 and 1) Match 2 – Thomas Detry/Jon Rahm, Europe def. Trey Mullinax/Robby Shelton, USA (2 and 1) Match 3 – Ricardo Gouveia/Erik Oja, Europe def. Rico Hoey/Jack Maguire, USA (3 and 2) Match 4 – Pep Angles/Louis Tomlinson, Europe halved Wyndham Clark/Anthony Maccaglia, USA Match 5 – Bryson Dechambeau/Stewart Jolly, USA def. Jack McDonald/James Ross, Europe (1-up)
Second Round Four-Ball Results Match 6 – Thomas Detry/Jon Rahm, Europe def. Brandon Hagy/Ollie Schniederjans, USA (3 and 2) Match 7 – Ricardo Gouveia/Erik Oja, Europe def. Trey Mullinax/Robby Shelton, USA (4 and 3) Match 8 – Rico Hoey/Jack Maguire, USA def. Grant Forrest/Paul Dunne, Europe (4 and 2) Match 9 – Pep Angles/Louis Tomlinson, Europe def. Bryson Dechambeau/Anthony Maccaglia (1-up) Match 10 – Jack McDonald/James Ross, Europe def. Wyndham Clark/Stewart Jolly, USA (3 and 1) Friday, June 27, 2014 Third-Round Singles Results Match 11 – Trey Mullinax, USA def. Thomas Detry, Europe (3 and 1) Match 12 – Robby Shelton, USA def. John Rahm, Europe (1-up) Match 13 – Ollie Schniederjans, USA def. Pep Angles, Europe (3 and 1) Match 14 – Ricardo Gouveia, Europe def. Brandon Hagy, USA (1-up) Match 15 – Erik Oja, Europe halved Wyndham Clark, USA Match 16 – James Ross, Europe def. Stewart Jolly, USA (4 and 2) Match 17 – Bryson Dechambeau, USA def. Louis Tomlinson, Europe (5 and 4) Match 18 – Paul Dunne, Europe halved Anthony Maccaglia, USA Match 19 – Grant Forrest, Europe def. Jack Maguire, USA (3 and 2) Match 20 – Jack McDonald, Europe halved Rico Hoey, USA
Saturday, June 28, 2014 Final-Round Singles Results Match 21 – James Ross, Europe def. Brandon Hagy, USA (3 and 2) Match 22 – Grant Forrest, Europe vs. Trey Mullinax, USA (3 and 2) Match 23 – Paul Dunne, Europe def. Robby Shelton, USA (1-up) Match 24 – Ollie Schniederjans, USA def. Louis Tomlinson, Europe (5 and 3) Match 25 – Jack McDonald, Europe def. Bryson Dechambeau, USA (2 and 1) Match 26 – Thomas Detry, Europe def. Jack Maguire, USA (4 and 3) Match 27 – Jon Rahm, Europe def. Wyndham Clark, USA (4 and 2) Match 28 – Erik Oja, Europe def. Anthony Maccaglia, USA (3 and 2) Match 29 – Ricardo Gouveia, Europe def. Stewart Jolly, USA (3 and 2) Match 30 – Pep Angles, Europe halved Rico Hoey, USA