Erkenbeck Gets Ready for Play in Palmer Cup

June 6, 2013

Team USA: Daniel Berger, Florida State; Alex Carpenter, Abilene Christian; Sean Dale, North Florida; James Erkenbeck, New Mexico; Michael Kim, California; Patrick Rodgers, Stanford; Justin Thomas, Alabama; Michael Weaver, California; Corey Whitsett, Alabama; Bobby Wyatt, Alabama.

Head coach: Alabama head coach Jay Seawell
Assistant: Jim Anderson (Arizona coach and former New Mexico player and assistant coach) 

Team Europe: Julien Brun, TCU; Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas; Greg Eason, Central Florida; Scott Fernadez, Iowa State; Pedro Figueiredo, UCLA; Gary Hurley, National University of Ireland, Maynooth; Kevin Phelan, North Florida; Joel Stalter, California; Ben Taylor, Nova Southeastern; Pontus Widegren, UCLA

Head coach: Andrew Coltart
Assistant: Phillip Rowe (Stanford assistant coach) 

University of New Mexico golfer>James Erkenbeck will be in Wilmington, Del., on Friday to begin competition in the Palmer Cup, a Ryder Cup-style event for collegiate players.

Erkenbeck is one of 10 players to comprise the United States team – these players were born in the U.S. Team Europe consists of 10 European natives who are currently on college rosters.

The senior from San Diego was one of the six players on the U.S. team to earn automatic qualification to be part of the Palmer Cup, thanks to his play during the 2012-13 golf season. Erkenbeck earned first-team All-America honors, first-team PING All-West Region honors and was the Mountain West Golfer of the Year.

Play will begin at 5:30 a.m. Mountain Time with a four-ball competition, in which two players from each team vie in a better-ball format. At noon, the teams will play in a foursome format in which two players from each team will compete in an alternate-shot format.

Match play between the teams’ 10 players will take place Saturday-Sunday.

The United States leads the Palmer Cup series 8-7-1.

FORMER LOBOS TO PLAY IN U.S. OPEN: Former Lobo golfer Wil Collins (1999-2002) won a U.S. sectional qualifying event this week in Cle Elum, Wash., shooting an 8-over 148 to earn an invitational to next week’s U.S. Open Championship at Merion, Pa. Doug LaBelle (1995-98) also qualified for the tournament, making a six-foot birdie putt in a playoff at Columbus, Ohio, to advance. LaBelle shot an 8-under 136.