SMU’s Gregory to captain Palmer Cup team

SMU men's coach Josh Gregory (shown while at Augusta State) has resigned.
SMU men's coach Josh Gregory (shown while at Augusta State) has resigned. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Thursday, February 16, 2012

SMU coach Josh Gregory, who led Augusta State to back-to-back NCAA championships in 2010-11, has been named the U.S. coach for the 2012 Palmer Cup. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be held June 28-30 at Royal County Down in Newcastle, Northern Ireland.

Gregory is in his first season at SMU, his alma mater, after leading Augusta State to 18 tournament titles. The Jaguars’ back-to-back NCAA titles were the first for a school since Houston in 1984-85.

Georgia Tech assistant Christian Newton, recipient of the 2011 Jan Strickland Award as the national assistant coach of the year, will serve as Gregory’s assistant on the Palmer Cup team.

The U.S. leads the Palmer Cup series 8-6-1 and has won two straight. The team will be finalized later this spring.