WALTON-ON-THE-HILL, England – Team Europe leads 5.5-4.5 at the conclusion of the first day of action at the 2014 Palmer Cup on Thursday at Walton Heath Golf Club. Steve Desimone and Brandon Hagy are both representing Team USA at the Ryder-Cup style amateur event pitting 10 American amateurs against 10 amateurs from Europe. Desimone is the head coach, while Hagy is playing in his final event as an amateur.
Hagy and playing partner Ollie Schniederjans of Georgia Tech won 2 and 1 in the opening foursome match (alternate shot play). The American duo took a lead they would never relinquish after Europeans Paul Dunne and Grant Forrest conceded the third hole. Hagy and Schniederjans pushed their advantage to as much as 4-up during the match and never trailed.
Hagy and Schniederjans were later defeated 3 and 2 by Europe’s Thomas Detry and Jon Rahm in a four-ball match (best ball play). The Europeans birdied the first hole and led the entire match.
Hagy is the fifth Cal player to participate in the Palmer Cup, joining former Cal golfers Michael Kim, Joël Stalter and Michael Weaver in 2013, and Peter Tomasulo in 2003. All but Stalter were on winning Team USA squads that have helped stake the Americans to a 9-7-1 advantage in the first 17 editions of the event that began in 1997.
Desimone is the first member of the Cal coaching staff to serve as a head coach in 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.
“We’re having a great time,” Desimone said. “The opening ceremonies on Wednesday were really an incomparable setting with the flag-raising and the national anthem and all of the representatives from the great organizations here. It was very well done and caught everyone’s attention.”
“When I was selected to be part of the Palmer Cup it was really somewhat overwhelming,” Desimone added. “Now that we’re actually in the middle of the event both the players and I are really feeling it. I’m looking forward to the next two days and am confident we’ll make a run at this.”
The Palmer Cup continues Friday and Saturday with 10 singles matches both days beginning at 9 a.m. local time. Hagy will take on Europe’s Ricardo Gouveia on Friday (9:30 a.m. local time), while all of Saturday’s pairings have yet to be determined.
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. If the team total is tied at the completion of three days of competition the previous years’ winner will retain the cup, which was Team USA in 2013.
2014 Palmer Cup Results/Pairings 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 Pairings Match 11 (9 a.m.) – Thomas Detry, Europe vs. Trey Mullinax, USA Match 12 (9:10 a.m.) – John Rahm, Europe vs. Robby Shelton, USA Match 13 (9:20 a.m.) – Pep Angles, Europe vs. Ollie Schniederjans, USA Match 14 (9:30 a.m.) – Ricardo Gouveia, Europe vs. Brandon Hagy, USA Match 15 (9:40 a.m.) – Erik Oja, Europe vs. Wyndham Clark, USA Match 16 (9:50 a.m.) – James Ross, Europe vs. Stewart Jolly, USA Match 17 (10 a.m.) – Louis Tomlinson, Europe vs. Bryson Dechambeau, USA Match 18 (10:10 a.m.) – Paul Dunne, Europe vs. Anthony Maccaglia, USA Match 19 (10:20 a.m.) – Grant Forrest, Europe vs. Jack Maguire, USA Match 20 (10:30 a.m.) – Jack McDonald, Europe vs. Rico Hoey, USA
Saturday, June 28, 2014 (Beginning at 9 a.m.) Fourth Round Singles Pairings All pairings to be determined *All Times Local (Pacific Time 8 Hours Behind Local Time)