June 9, 2013
|Palmer Cup Coverage|
WILMINGTON, Del. - Team USA closed out a 20.5-9.5 win Sunday over Europe at the Palmer Cup with Cal golfers Michael Kim, Joël Stalter and Michael Weaver playing at the event at the Wilmington Golf Club. Kim and Weaver played for Team USA, while Stalter was a member of Team Europe.
All three Cal golfers made contributions to their respective teams. Kim totaled 2.0 points, while Weaver contributed 1.5 points and Stalter earned a half point.
In singles play Sunday, Weaver was a 3 & 1 winner over Stalter in the first Palmer Cup match ever between college teammates. The match was all-square through 13 holes before Weaver birdied the 14th hole to take a one-hole lead and made birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to close out the match.
"It was fun out there today," Weaver said. "I had fun playing Joël and I think he did too, even though I got the best of him. It was pretty cool to be the first college teammates to ever play for each other in the Palmer Cup."
"Michael played just a little bit better although neither one of us were at our best," Stalter said. "I could not make a putt so it was hard to win, but he finished strong with two great shots so he deserved to win."
Weaver and his American partner James Erkenbeck were knocked off Sunday by Team Europe's Scott Fernandez and Ben Taylor, 4 & 3. On Saturday, Weaver picked up his other half-point when he and Kim played together and halved a four-ball match with Europe's Gary Hurley and Kevin Phelan.
Kim recorded a 1 up win in foursomes Sunday when he and Team USA partner Alex Carpenter defeated Stalter and Team Europe partner Julien Brun in a match they did not lead until the final putt. Kim, who was defeated 1 up by Pontus Widegren in a singles match Sunday, picked up his other half-point Saturday when he halved a singles match with Figueiredo.
Stalter earned his half-point Saturday by halving a singles match with Erkenbeck.
Each of Cal's three Palmer Cup representatives played on Cal's 2012-13 team that was the nation's No. 1 team in both the final Golfstat and Golfweek rankings released after the NCAA Championship despite a loss to Illinois in the match-play semifinals of the NCAA's. Cal won 12 of 14 stroke-play events during the campaign to set a modern-day NCAA record, including the 54-hole stroke-play portion of the NCAA Championship to enter match play as the top-seed, as well as the NCAA Pullman Regional and Pac-12 Championship team titles.
Peter Tomasulo is the only Cal golfer to have previously played in the Palmer Cup when he was a member of Team USA in 2003, while associate head coach Walter Chun was an assistant coach for Team USA in 2009.
After its 2013 victory, the United States leads the all-time Palmer Cup series 9-7-1. For more information visit PalmerCup.org.
2013 Palmer Cup Results
Foursomes (Sunday, June 9, 2013)
Match 16 - Cory Whitsett/Bobby Wyatt, USA def. Gary Hurley/Kevin Phelan, Europe (5 & 3)
Match 17 - Patrick Rodgers/Justin Thomas, USA halved Pedro Figueiredo/Pontus Widegren, Europe
Match 18 - Alex Carpenter/Michael Kim, USA def. Julien Brun/Joël Stalter, Europe (1 up)
Match 19 - Sebastian Cappelen/Greg Eason, Europe def. Daniel Berger/Sean Dale, USA (1 up)
Match 20 - Scott Fernandez/Ben Taylor, Europe def. James Erkenbeck/Michael Weaver, USA (4 & 3)
Singles (Sunday, June 9, 2013)
Match 21 - Bobby Wyatt, USA halved Kevin Phelan, Europe
Match 22 - Cory Whitsett, USA def. Scott Fernandez, Europe (3 & 2)
Match 23 - Sean Dale, USA halved Julien Brun
Match 24 - Ben Taylor, Europe def. Daniel Berger, USA (2 & 1)
Match 25 - Pontus Widegren, Europe def. Michael Kim, USA (1 up)
Match 26 - Alex Carpenter, USA halved Greg Eason, Europe
Match 27 - Michael Weaver, USA def. Joël Stalter (3 & 1)
Match 28 - Justin Thomas, USA def. Sebastian Cappelen, Europe (2 & 1)
Match 29 - Patrick Rodgers, USA def. Gary Hurley, Europe (2 & 1)
Match 30 - James Erkenbeck, USA def. Pedro Figueiredo, Europe (2 & 1)
Four-Ball (Saturday, June 8, 2013)
Match 1 - Sean Dale/Bobby Wyatt, USA def. Sebastian Cappelen/Pontus Widegren, Europe (5 & 4)
Match 2 - Patrick Rodgers/Justin Thomas, USA def. Greg Eason/Ben Taylor, Europe (5 & 3)
Match 3 - Alex Carpenter/Cory Whitsett, USA def. Julien Brun/Joël Stalter, Europe (3 & 2)
Match 4 - Daniel Berger/James Erkenbeck, USA def. Scott Fernandez/Pedro Figueiredo, Europe (4 & 3)
Match 5 - Michael Kim/Michael Weaver, USA halved Gary Hurley/Kevin Phelan, Europe
*Matches began Friday but completed Saturday due to inclement weather Friday
Singles (Saturday, June 8, 2013)
Match 6 - Bobby Wyatt, USA def. Sebastian Cappelen, Europe (3 & 2)
Match 7 - Justin Thomas, USA def. Greg Eason, Europe (5 & 3)
Match 8 - Patrick Rodgers, USA def. Julien Brun, Europe (4 & 3)
Match 9 - Sean Dale, USA def. Pontus Widegren, Europe (2 up)
Match 10 - Daniel Berger, USA def. Ben Taylor, Europe (2 & 1)
Match 11 - Cory Whitsett, USA halved Scott Fernandez, Europe
Match 12 - Alex Carpenter, USA halved Gary Hurley, Europe
Match 13 - James Erkenbeck, USA halved Joel Stalter, Europe
Match 14 - Kevin Phelan, Europe def. Michael Weaver, USA, 3 and 1
Match 15 - Michael Kim, USA halved Pedro Figueiredo, Europe