Alabama head coach Jay Seawell has been selected to coach the U.S. team at this summer’s Palmer Cup at Wilmington (Del.) Country Club. The annual Ryder Cup-style contest will he held June 7-9 on the South Course. First-year head coach Jim Anderson of Arizona will serve as Seawell’s assistant.
“First, it’s a great honor to be selected as coach, and I’m very thankful to be part of the Palmer Cup,” Seawell said. “I’ve had many players that have played in the Palmer Cup, and I’m aware of the magnitude it holds in college golf. I look forward to coaching the USA team. It’s a dream come true.”
Seawell is in his 11th season at the head men’s coach at Alabama. He has led the Crimson Tide to six NCAA tournament appearances in the past eight years, including a runner-up finish in 2012.
Alabama men have qualified 54 players for the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Most recently, senior Cory Whitsett also received the 2012 NCAA Elite 89 Award, presented to a golfer annually with the highest GPA at the NCAA Championships.
Seawell has coached 19 All-Americans, including Justin Thomas, Whitsett, Bobby Wyatt and Hunter Hamrick during the 2011-12 season. Thomas won the Jack Nicklaus, Fred Haskins and the Phil Mickelson award in 2012.
The U.S. leads the Palmer Cup series, 8-7-1.