June 7, 2013
|Palmer Cup Coverage|
WILMINGTON, Del. - Play at the 2013 Palmer Cup was suspended shortly after getting underway Friday due to inclement weather at the Wilmington Country Club. Matches will resume Saturday at the point of suspension at 7:30 a.m. ET/4:30 a.m. PT. Cal golfers Michael Kim, Joël Stalter and Michael Weaver are playing at the event that concludes Sunday. Kim and Weaver are playing for Team USA, while Stalter is a member of Team Europe.
The format of the event has been amended with the new schedule including the conclusion of four-ball matches (best ball play) and the first set of two singles matches Saturday. Fouresomes matches (alternate shot play) and the second round of singles will take place Sunday beginning at 7:00 a.m. ET/4:00 a.m. PT. There will be 10 singles matches both days. All pairings other than the conclusion of Friday's four-ball matches are still to be determined.
Four-Ball Matches (suspended Friday, will resume Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET/4:30 a.m. PT)
Match 1 - Sean Dale/Bobby Wyatt, USA vs. Sebastian Cappelen/Pontus Widegren, Europe (All Square thru 2)
Match 2 - Patrick Rodgers/Justin Thomas, USA vs. Greg Eason/Ben Taylor, Europe (USA 1 up thru 2)
Match 3 - Alex Carpenter/Cory Whitsett, USA vs. Julien Brun/Joël Stalter, Europe (USA 1 up thru 1)
Match 4 - Daniel Berger/James Erkenbeck, USA vs. Scott Fernandez/Pedro Figueiredo, Europe (not started)
Match 5 - Michael Kim/Michael Weaver, USA vs. Gary Hurley/Kevin Phelan, Europe (not started)
The United States leads the all-time Palmer Cup series 8-7-1.
All three Cal players finished among the top six in the final Palmer Cup Ranking released last April, with the top six players for both Team USA and Team Europe in the Palmer Cup Ranking in its first season of existence in 2012-13 automatically qualifying for the Palmer Cup. Kim was the No. 1 ranked player for Team USA, while Stalter (Team Europe) and Weaver (Team USA) were both No. 6 for their respective squads.
Each of Cal's three Palmer Cup representatives played on Cal's 2012-13 team that ranked as 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.
For more information on the event visit PalmerCup.org.