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15 & 16 AUGUST,

Graeme McDowell, current Irish Closed Amateur Champion and the individual winner of the World University Golf Championship held at Castlerock, Northern Ireland last week, leads Great Britain and Ireland into the 4th Palmer Cup.  The only competition to bear Arnold Palmer’s name and backed by the marketing giants IMG, the event is the University equivalent of the Walker Cup, with the 8 best collegiate golfers from Great Britain and Ireland facing their counterparts from the USA.

The Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, is the setting for this years’ Palmer Cup. Host of The 2000 Amateur Championship and ten Open Championships, including the first international match in 1902. Royal Liverpool, renowned for its great tradition with amateur golf, is delighted to be first English Golf Club to stage this prestigious event  

With the appointment of Clive Brown, ex winning Walker Cup Captain as Team Manager, the GB & I team are looking to improve on their 12-12 draw from St Andrews in 1998.

Half of the GB & I Team will fly in from the European Amateur this weekend to participate in the match. McDowell, English Internationals Max Harris and Jamie Elson and Welsh International Kyron Sullivan are all competing in Austria. The rest of the team are an illustrious group of golfers coming from all 4 corners of the UK.  Walker Cup player, Phil Rowe, and fellow England Internationals Mark Booker and Simon Robinson with Joel Hendry, Scottish U21 Amateur Champion making up the 8 man line up. 

Robinson, currently studying at the University of Houston, USA, will be playing on the opposite side to his US team mate, Andy Sanders as they have both been chosen to represent their respective countries in this competition.

The US are hoping that Jonathan Byrd, will use his links knowledge from the Walker Cup at Nairn and that Andy Miller, son of Johnny Miller (Open winner 76) will enjoy Merseyside as much as his father did.

The opening ceremony commences, 7pm on Monday the 14th August.  Following the Ryder Cup format, play starts Tuesday 15th at 9am.

GB & I Team

Max HarrisHam Manor G.C.,Walker Cup panel, England International ,Previous member of the Palmer Cup team 98 & 99, studying at University of North Carolina

Phil Rowe -   West Cornwall G.C., Walker Cup player,England International, Runner up English Amateur 1999, McEvoy Trophy Winner 1997 studying at Standford University.

Graeme McDowell - Rathmore G.C, Current Irish Closed Amateur Champion, Irish International, Current Irish Youth Champion studying at University of Alabama                                               

Jamie Elson - Kenilworth G.C., England International, English Amateur semi finalist, studying at Augusta State University

Simon Robinson -  Seaton Carew G.C., England International, 2000 World University Individual Bronze Medallist, studying at Houston University.

Joel Hendry - Elgin G.C., Scottish U21 Amateur Champion, Scottish Youth Strokeplay Champion studying at University of New Mexico

Kyron Sullivan - Brynhill G.C., Welsh International, Palmer Cup 98 & 99, 2000 World University Team Silver Medallist studying at University of Wales, Institute Cardiff

Mark Booker -  Royal Mid-Surrey G.C.,Hampshire Hoag Winner, England Squad Member studying at Surrey University.

Team Captain: Clive Brown   (Walker Cup Captain 1995)

Team Coach:  Keith Williams  English Golf Union National Coach

                                    United States Team

Jonathan Byrd - Studying at Clemson University, Walker Cup Player, All American 1999-2000,Palmer Cup Team Member 1999

Nick Cassini -  Studying at the University of Georgia

John Engler - Studying at Clemson University, Palmer Cup Team Member 1999

Lucas Glover - Studying at Clemson University, First Team All American 2000

Jeff Klank - Studying at Florida Southern College, Division II Player of the Year 2000, Division II NCAA Individual Champion 2000

Andy Miller - Studying at Brigham Young University, son of Johnny Miller (Open ’76)

Andy Sanders - Studying at the University of Houston

Chris Wisler - Studying at East Tennessee State University

Team Coach- Ross Randall, University of Kansas

Team Manager - Mark Simpson, President, Golf Coaches Association of America


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