Golfer Jolly Named to USA's Palmer Cup Team
BATON ROUGE – LSU’s All-America hopeful Stewart Jolly will represent the United States on the international stage for the first time in his golfing career this summer at the 2014 Palmer Cup after being chosen as one of the 10 members of Team USA to compete in the event that was announced Thursday morning on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive.
The Palmer Cup is an annual Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the top American and top European golfers competing at the collegiate level each season. The 2014 edition will be played over three days from June 26-28 at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England. The United States took home the 2013 Palmer Cup title by a 20.5-9.5 margin at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Del.
A native of Birmingham, Ala., Jolly was the coach’s pick of California head coach Steve Desimone, who will serve as the head coach of Team USA during this year’s event.
Stanford’s Cameron Wilson, Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans, Alabama’s Robby Shelton, Oklahoma State’s Wyndham Clark, California’s Brandon Hagy and Southern California’s Rico Hoey all earned their place on the Team USA as the Top 6 players in the final Palmer Cup Ranking. SMU’s Bryson Dechambeau, Oglethorpe’s Anthony Maccaglia and Alabama’s Trey Mullinax were each committee selections to Team USA.
Team Europe for the 2014 Palmer Cup includes Arizona State’s Jon Rahm (Spain), Central Florida’s Ricardo Gouveia (Portugal), Arizona’s Erik Oja (Sweden), Illinois’ Thomas Detry (Belgium), Central Arkansas’ Pep Angles (Spain), Houston’s James Ross (Scotland), UAB’s Paul Dunne (Ireland), San Diego’s Grant Forrest (Scotland), UCLAN Myerscough’s Louis Tomlinson (England) and Stirling’s Jack McDonald (Scotland).
Jolly is in the midst of an All-American junior season as he ranks among the NCAA’s premier players as the No. 16-ranked player by Golfstat and No. 22-ranked player by Golfweek regardless of class and nationality.
Jolly’s selection marks the second year in a row in which a player with LSU ties will compete at the Palmer Cup as England international Ben Taylor competed for Team Europe last season after completing his transfer to LSU from Nova Southeastern University of NCAA Division II. Taylor has proven to be one of the team’s top performers during the 2013-14 season while competing as a junior this spring.
Palmer Cup Ranking Selections
Cameron Wilson, Stanford
Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech
Robby Shelton, Alabama
Wyndham Clark, Oklahoma State
Brandon Hagy, California
Rico Hoey, Southern California
Bryson Dechambeau, SMU
Anthony Maccaglia, Oglethorpe
Trey Mullinax, Alabama
Stewart Jolly, LSU
Head Coach – Steve Desimone, California
Assistant Coach – Ryan Murphy, Texas
Palmer Cup Ranking Selections
Jon Rahm, Arizona State – Spain
Ricardo Gouveia, UCF – Portugal
Erik Oja, Arizona – Sweden
Thomas Detry, Illinois – Belgium
Pep Angles, Central Arkansas – Spain
James Ross, Houston – Scotland
Paul Dunne, UAB – Ireland
Grant Forrest, San Diego – Scotland
The R&A Scholars’ Tournament Champion
Louis Tomlinson, UCLAN Myerscough – England
Jack McDonald, Stirling – Scotland
Head Coach – Andrew Coltart – Scotland
Assistant Coach – Phil Rowe, Stanford – England