Walton Heath GC to host Palmer Cup in 2014
Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England, will play host to the 2014 Palmer Cup. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be contested between the top collegiate golfers from the United States and Europe on the club’s Old Course on June 26-28.
Walton Heath was founded in 1903 and is less than 20 miles south of the center of London. The Old Course, laid out by W. Herbert Fowler, is No. 19 in Golfweek's Best GB&I Classic Courses. It plays to a championship length of 7,462 yards and a par of 72, has hosted nearly 90 major amateur and professional championships, including the 1981 Ryder Cup, The Senior Open Championship and five European Opens. The club also hosts the European qualifier for the U.S. Open.
“Walton Heath Golf Club continues the Palmer Cup tradition of competing on the finest golf courses in the world,” said Palmer Cup chairman Jim Awtrey. “The elite events the club has hosted and the testimonials from some of the world’s greatest players is a tribute to its excellence. We look forward to the Palmer Cup’s first visit to the south of England and one of the finest examples of heathland golf.”
The U.S. leads the Palmer Cup series, 8-7-1. At least one potential member of Europe's team will have a home-course advantage there. Stanford freshman David Boote, No. 17 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, is a member at Walton Heath.