NORMAN, Okla. – Senior Joël Stalter has moved up three spots to the top of the Palmer Cup Ranking for Team Europe in the latest ranking released Wednesday. Fellow senior Brandon Hagy is sixth on the Team USA ranking, while Steve Desimone will be the head coach for the American team at the 2014 event scheduled to take place June 26-28 at the Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England.
“It’s really nice to be on top of that list, but there is still a lot of work to do to stay there,” Stalter said.
The top six golfers in the final 2014 ranking to be released later this spring from both the United States and Europe shall be among the 10 individuals from each group selected to compete in the 2014 Palmer Cup.
Using Golfstat’s NCAA Player Ranking as a base, the Palmer Cup Ranking 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 has a .9934 ranking, while Hagy is at .9960.
The next 2014 Palmer Cup Ranking is scheduled to be released April 2.
Stalter is coming off 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. 13 in the latest rankings released by both Golfstat and Golfweek earlier this week.
Hagy is third and fourth in the latest collegiate rankings according to Golfstat and Golfweek. He has won twice in 2013-14 and three times in his career, while finishing in the top five in eight of nine events in 2013-14, including a fifth-place showing at the National Invitational Tournament.
Stalter (Team Europe) played along with current and former Cal teammates Michael Weaver and Michael Kim in the 2013 Palmer Cup won 20.5-9.5 by Team USA last June.
Cal moved up one spot to No. 2 in the latest Golfstat rankings released after the Bears’ sixth victory in nine events this season at the National Invitational Tournament. Cal shares the No. 2 ranking in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches Poll and is No. 3 according to Golfweek.
The Bears to action April 5-6 to play for the first time in school history at the Aggie Invitational hosted by Texas A&M.“I’m looking forward to relaxing a little bit over spring break and getting ready for the final run,” Stalter said.