Palmer Cup: Player-by-player U.S. bios
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The 2014 U.S. Palmer Cup team was announced Thursday morning, and it features some of the best talent in college golf.
Two players from No. 1 Alabama – freshman Robby Shelton and senior Trey Mullinax – will be on the American team that will face Europe's top college players June 26-28 at Walton Heath Golf Club in England. The first Division III player, Anthony Maccaglia, also was named to the U.S. squad.
Here is a capsule look at the 10-man squad and how they were selected:
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Cameron Wilson, Stanford
The skinny: Wilson, who hadn’t picked up a victory since the first tournament of the year, finally broke through last week by winning the Western Intercollegiate after gathering seven top-10 finishes in eight starts.
Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech
The skinny: The 6-foot-1-inch junior can bomb it off the tee and is an emotional leader on the course. He has four victories this season, including two of his past five spring starts.
Robby Shelton, Alabama
The skinny: The quiet talent has shown he can play with anyone in the country. He picked up two victories this season and averages 70.48 per round through nine events.
Wyndham Clark, Oklahoma State
The skinny: The best college player without a victory this year. He has eight top-6 finishes for the Cowboys, including three runners-up.
Brandon Hagy, California
The skinny: One of three senior leaders for the Golden Bears owns three victories and a 70.53 stroke average. A long hitter off the tee, Hagy will be playing in his first international team competition.
Rico Hoey, USC
The skinny: The standout freshman won the Gifford Collegiate in November and has continued solid play in the spring, picking up a pair of second-place finishes (The Goodwin, Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic) and a fifth (Jones Invitational).
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Bryson Dechambeau, SMU
The skinny: Dechambeau has stayed relatively quiet throughout the 2013-14 season, but he has seven top-10 finishes. He is 19th in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
Anthony Maccaglia, Oglethorpe
The skinny: Maccaglia becomes the first NCAA Division III player to be selected to the team.
Trey Mullinax, Alabama
The skinny: Mullinax entered the spring as Golfweek's top-ranked player after a victory at the Isleworth Invitational in the fall. Has had up-and-down moments this spring.
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Stewart Jolly, LSU
He’s in the top 25 (No. 22) of the Golfweek rankings and owns a victory at the Golfweek Conference Challenge and four other top-10s for the Tigers. The Birmingham, Ala., native, has improved his scoring average by nearly two strokes from last season.
Head coach: Steve Desimone, California
Assistant coach: Ryan Murphy, Texas
– Nick Masuda contributed to this report
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