NORMAN, Okla. – Cal senior Brandon Hagy has been selected to represent Team USA in the 2014 Palmer Cup to be played June 26-28 at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England. The announcement was made Thursday morning on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive during a live interview with 2014 Palmer Cup and Cal head coach Steve Desimone. The Palmer Cup is an annual Ryder Cup-style competition featuring two teams of 10 collegiate players each from the United States and Europe.
“I’m very excited to have been selected for the Palmer Cup and represent my country,” Hagy said. “College golfers work the entire year to make a team like this.”
“It’s a great day for the Cal golf program,” Desimone said. “I enjoyed announcing the team this morning on Golf Channel, and I’m really excited about the fact that Brandon Hagy is one of the key members of the team. Obviously it’s a well-deserved honor.”
“Walton Heath Golf Club is a historic venue to say the least,” Desimone continued. “There are really two parts to its history. One is the great golf heritage. The list of wonderful professional and amateur events it has hosted runs far and wide, and having this year’s Palmer Cup there will add to a great list. The other part is the club itself has been a part of British history for years. The King of England, Prince of Wales when he became King and Winston Churchill were all members of the club. That’s pretty cool. It’s going to be a lot of fun. This should be quite an event.”
Hagy is nation’s No. 6 ranked collegiate player overall in the latest Golfweek rankings, while Golfstat has him at No. 7. The 2013-14 national player of the year candidate has been an individual medalist three times this season (Jack Nicklaus Invitational, Arizona Intercollegiate, Aggie Invitational) and finished in the top 10 in nine of 11 regular-season events with eight of those finishes in the top five. He is also on the watch list for the Haskins Award and one of five national finalists for the Byron Nelson Award along with fellow Cal senior Joël Stalter. Hagy leads Cal with a 70.53 stroke average and is the only Golden Bear to play in all 11 of the team’s events and 32 rounds in 2013-14.
Hagy becomes the fifth Cal player to have been selected to play in the Palmer Cup. Peter Tomasulo was the first as a member of a victorious Team USA club in2003. Max Homa and Michael Kim played for a winning Team USA in 2013, while playing against a Team Europe squad that featured Stalter.
Desimone, previously announced as the head coach for Team USA, is Cal’s first head coach of the event. Associate head coach Walter Chun was an assistant coach for Team USA in 2009.
Hagy was one of six Team USA players chosen from the final Palmer Cup Ranking released Wednesday along with Wyndham Clark (Oklahoma State), Rico Hoey (USC), Ollie Schniederjans (Georgia Tech), Robby Shelton (Alabama) and Cameron Wilson (Stanford). The Palmer Cup committee selected Bryson Dechambeau (SMU), Anthony Maccaglia (Oglethorpe) and Trey Mullinax (Alabama). Stewart Jolly (LSU) was the coach’s pick. Desimone’s assistant coach will be Texas assistant Ryan Murphy.For more information on the event named after golfing legend Arnold Palmer visit PalmerCup.org.