Team USA Defeats Europe, Fernandez in Palmer Cup
WILMINGTON, Del. – Team U.S.A. sealed its victory over Team Europe, Sunday, as competition concluded at the 2013 Palmer Cup at the Wilmington Country Club. The United States defeated Europe by a score of 20.5 to 9.5 in the match-play event.
Iowa State All-American Scott Fernandez competed for Europe in the event featuring the best collegiate golfers in the U.S. and Europe.
The first competition of the tournament, four ball, was pushed back to Saturday due to inclement weather. The United States took a 4.5 to 0.5 lead after winning four of the five matches and tying the fifth. Iowa State sophomore golfer Scott Fernandez and Pedro Figueiredo of UCLA were defeated by James Erkenbeck of New Mexico and Daniel Berger of Florida State 4&3.
In the first round of singles’ play, the United States increased its lead to 11.5 to 3.5, receiving wins from Berger, Bobby Wyatt and Justin Thomas of Alabama, Patrick Rodgers of Stanford, Sean Dale of North Florida. Team Europe’s lone victory of the round came from Kevin Phelan of North Florida. Fernandez halved his match with Alabama’s Cory Whitsett in a round highlighted by six birdies.
Sunday’s competition began with foursome-style match play, where Team Europe split with the United States, 2.5 to 2.5. Fernandez and teammate Ben Taylor of Nova Southeastern defeated Erkenbek and Weaver, 4&3. The United States led 14-6 going into the final round of singles competition.
In his final round, Fernandez fell to Whitsett, 3&2, as the United States capped off its tournament victory. Erkenbeck, Weaver, Thomas and Rodgers also earned victories in their matches for the stars and stripes. The European squad won two matches inSunday singles, as Taylor and Pontus Widegren of UCLA defeated their opponents.
Fernandez won 1.5 points for Europe in the prestigious event.