Teams Set for 2015 Palmer Cup Coming to Kane County in June
The 2015 Palmer Cup player roster was announced Friday on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive, setting the stage for a premier golfing event coming up in June right here in Kane County in honor of the legendary Arnold Palmer.
The Ryder Cup-style event pits the top collegiate golfers from the United States against their counterparts from Europe. This year’s event, put on by the Golf Coaches Association of America, will take place at Rich Harvest Farms June 12-14.
Even better, there is free public admission and free parking for an all-star, international event that showcases some of the future stars of the pro tour.
Former Palmer Cup players include Luke Donald, Rory Sabbatini, Russell Henley, Charles Howell, III, Jonas Blixt, Jonathan Byrd, Ben Curtis, 2009 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover, Bryce Molder, 2010 U.S. Open Champion Graeme McDowell, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, Ryan Moore, D.J. Trahan, Alejandro Canazares, Gonzalo Castano, J.B. Holmes, 2006 USGA Amateur Champion Richard Ramsey, Open de Portugal winner Pablo Martin, Dustin Johnson, and Luke List.
For more information visit palmercup.org.
Palmer Cup Ranking Selections
- Jon Rahm, Arizona State – Spain
- Max Rottluff, Arizona State – Germany
- Rowin Caron, Florida State – Netherlands
- Adrian Meronk, ETSU – Poland
- Clement Sordet, Texas Tech – France
- Thomas Detry, Illinois – Belgium
- Gary Hurley, Maynooth – Ireland
- Matthias Schwab, Vanderbilt – Austria
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- Mathias Eggenberger, Stirling – Switzerland
- Pep Angles, Central Arkansas – Spain
- Head Coach – Jean Van de Velde – France
- Assistant Coach – Janice Moodie – Scotland
Palmer Cup Ranking Selections
- Lee McCoy, Georgia
- Maverick McNealy, Stanford
- Hunter Stewart, Vanderbilt
- Robby Shelton, Alabama
- Jack Maguire, Florida State
- Beau Hossler, Texas
- Kyle Jones, Baylor
- Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech
- Carr Vernon, CSU Monterey Bay
- Anders Albertson, Georgia Tech
- Head Coach – Bruce Heppler, Georgia Tech
- Assistant Coach – Chris Hill, Pacific
Assistant Coaches Announced
Earlier last week, the GCAA announced Janice Moodie and Chris Hill as the assistant coaches for the European and United States teams, respectively.
A participant in the 2009 Solheim Cup held at Rich Harvest Farms, Moodie will assist Jean Van de Velde for team Europe. Moodie represented Europe three times as a Solheim Cup player in 2000, 2003 and 2009, compiling a 7-2-2 record. She won twice on the LPGA Tour, at the 2000 ShopRite LPGA Classic and the 2002 Asahi Ryokuken International Championship.
Also a standout in the college and amateur ranks, Moodie was inducted into the WGCA Hall of Fame in 2004 and the San Jose State University Sports Hall of Fame the previous year. Moodie will also team up with Van de Velde at the 2016 Arnold Palmer Cup at Formby Golf Club.
“It will be special for me to return to the site of the 2009 Solheim Cup, but even more so to hopefully pass on my knowledge and wisdom of amateur, professional and team golf on to these young talented European collegiate players,” said Moodie. “With Mr. Palmer as the foundation of this event, it will be a tremendous influence on the lives of these young gentlemen going forward, whether on or off the course.”
Chris Hill, Pacific’s head coach, will serve with Team USA Coach Bruce Heppler.
Hill was honored at the University of Houston in April of 2014 as recipient of the Jan Strickland Award, presented to the nation’s top assistant coach by Taylor Made-Adidas Golf as selected by the GCAA. It marked the second straight season that Hill was recognized as one of the nation’s top assistant coaches.
“I am extremely honored to be the assistant coach for this year’s Palmer Cup at Rich Harvest Farms,” Hill said. “I look forward to coaching alongside an NCAA great, Coach Heppler. Under his command, we will bring the trophy back to the USA!”
The United States leads the Palmer Cup series 9-8-1.
About the Palmer Cup
The 2015 Palmer Cup will be played June 12-14 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, IL. The Ryder Cup-style event pits the top European-born collegiate golfers against the best American-born collegiate players in a tournament to honor the tremendous legacy of Arnold Palmer. Both general admission and parking at the event will be free of charge. Spectators will also be able to walk the fairways with the players during the tournament. For more information, please visit palmercup.org or richharvestfarms.com.
About the GCAA
The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) was established in 1958 and is located in Norman, OK. The GCAA is a non-profit organization and is the professional association of men’s collegiate golf coaches. Through its established events and programs, the GCAA maintains a goal of increasing awareness and the status of men’s golf. There are over 750 members in the GCAA representing all three NCAA divisions, as well as NAIA and NJCAA.
About Rich Harvest Farms
Consistently ranked in Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, Rich Harvest Farms is an ultra-private, members-only club located in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Owned and built by Jerry Rich, the course consists of 18 holes and is a 1,820-acre showcase of nature and agriculture. In addition to the 2015 Palmer Cup, the course will also host the 2015 Western Amateur, 2016 LPGA UL International Crown and 2017 NCAA Division I Golf Championships. The course also hosted the 2009 LPGA Solheim Cup.