NORMAN, Okla. – Seniors Joël Stalter (Team Europe) and Brandon Hagy (Team USA) remain among the top six for their respective countries in the latest and next to last Palmer Cup Ranking released Wednesday. The top six golfers from both the United States and Europe in the final ranking scheduled to be released April 17 on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive shall be among the 10 individuals from each group selected to compete in the 2014 Palmer Cup.
Cal head coach Steve Desimone will serve as the Team USA head coach for the 2014 event to be played June 26-28 at the Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England.
Both Stalter and Hagy have percentiles of .9960 in the Palmer Cup Ranking that uses Golfstat’s NCAA Player Ranking as a base, awards bonus points for wins and high finishes, and a negative bonus for poor finishes. The ranking also contains a strength of schedule component.
Stalter registered a victory in his most recent collegiate event at the National Invitational Tournament for his third win of the season and fifth in his career. He has finished in the top five in five of his last six outings and is No. 12 and No. 13, respectively, in the latest rankings released by Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin earlier this week.
Hagy is ranked fourth according to Golfstat and sixth by Golfweek/Sagarin in the latest collegiate rankings. He has won twice in 2013-14 and three times in his career, while finishing in the top five seven times and the top eight on all but one occasion over nine events in 2013-14.
Stalter (Team Europe) played along with current and former Cal teammates Michael Weaver and Michael Kim (Team USA) in the 2013 Palmer Cup won 20.5-9.5 by the Americans last June.
For the United States, the remaining four players will be selected using three committee picks and one coaches pick. The selections by the committee may take into account a number of factors including the current college season, results in amateur events since the last Palmer Cup, match play record and performance in previous international team events. One of the US committee picks must be a non-Division I golfer.
The final four spots on Team Europe shall consist of the champion of The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament, two committee picks and one coaches pick. European Palmer Cup Selection Committee and coaches picks will use the same criteria as their US counterparts and may select college golfers competing both in the United States and Europe.
Cal is the nation’s No. 2 collegiate team in the latest Golfstat and Golf World/Nike Golf rankings and No. 4 according to Golfweek/Sagarin – all released earlier this week. Cal has won six times in nine events this season and returns to action for the first time in nearly three weeks April 5-6 at the Aggie Invitational hosted by Texas A&M, playing in the event for the first time in school history.