Campbell, Detry in Hunt for Palmer Cup Roster Spots
March 19, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fighting Illini golfers Brian Campbell and Thomas Detry remain in the hunt for spots on the rosters of Team USA and Team Europe for the Palmer Cup, to be held at Walton Heath Golf Club in Great Britain, June 26-28. Detry jumped five spots to No. 8 on the Team Europe ranking, while Campbell slid one spot to No. 13 in Team USA's list. The top six golfers on each list will be among the 10 individuals selected to each side and complete teams will be announced in late April.
Campbell and Detry both posted top-10 finishes at Illinois' most recent tournament, the Louisiana Classics. Detry tied for second and Campbell tied for sixth, giving both golfers four top-six finishes in six tournaments in 2013-14. Campbell also tied for eighth at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, giving him five top-10 placements.
Campbell currently leads the Illini with a 69.83 season stroke average, while Detry is third at 70.72. Campbell's 11 rounds - out of 18 - under par also leads the squad, and Detry's nine under-par rounds rank third on the team.
Using Golfstat's NCAA Player Ranking as a base, the Palmer Cup Ranking awards bonus points for wins and high finishes and a negative bonus for poor finishes. The ranking also contains a strength of schedule component.
For the United States, the remaining four players will be selected using three committee picks and one coaches pick. The selections by the committee may take into account a number of factors including the current college season, results in amateur events since the last Palmer Cup, match play record and performance in previous international team events. One of the US committee picks must be a non-Division I golfer.
The final four spots on Team Europe shall consist of the champion of The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament, two committee picks and one coaches pick. European Palmer Cup Selection Committee and coaches picks will use the same criteria as their US counterparts and may select college golfers competing both in the United States and Europe.