Erkenbeck Helps Team USA Grab Big Lead in Palmer Cup

June 8, 2013

WILMINGTON, Del. - University of New Mexico senior golfer James Erkenbeck halved his singles match with Team Europe's Joel Stalter after winning a four-ball pairing with teammate Daniel Berger as Team USA took an 11.5-3.5 lead after two rounds of the Palmer Cup on Saturday.

Erkenbeck's team win was worth one point and his halved singles match gave Team USA another 0.5 points.

Erkenbeck went 1-up after four holes, but back-to-back wins by Stalter, a University of California player last season, at the turn moved the advantage to Europe's favor. Erkenbeck regained the lead with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 11-12 and pushed the lead to 2-up with an eagle at No. 14. A Stalter birdie at the 15th cut the lead to one, but Erkenbeck responded by winning No. 16 with a birdie of his own. Stalter claimed the last two holes to halve the match.

Erkenbeck combined with Florida State's Daniel Berger for Team USA to defeat Team Europe's Scott Fernandez (Iowa State) and Pedro Figuieredo (UCLA) 4 and 3 during a morning match that had been pushed back a day.

The Americans birdied Nos. 3 and 4 to take a 2-up lead and pushed their advantage to 5-up with three-straight birdies from Nos. 9-11.

Erkenbeck will take part in the final foursome pairing with California's Michael Kim today in their match against Team Europe's Fernandez and Ben Taylor (Nova Southeastern University).

Four-Ball Matches
Game 1:
Sean Dale/Bobby Wyatt, USA def. Sebastian Cappelen/Pontus Widegren, Europe, 5 and 4
Game 2: Patrick Rodgers/Justin Thomas, USA def. Greg Eason/Ben Taylor, Europe, 5 and 3
Game 3: Alex Carpenter/Cory Whitsett, USA def. Julien Brun/Joel Stalter, Europe, 3 and 2
Game 4: Daniel Berger/James Erkenbeck, USA def. Scott Fernandez/Pedro Figueiredo, Europe, 4 and 3
Game 5: Michael Kim/Michael Weaver, USA halved Gary Hurley/Kevin Phelan, Europe

Second Round Singles Results

Game 6: Bobby Wyatt, USA def. Sebastian Cappelen, Europe, 3 and 2
Game 7: Justin Thomas, USA def. Greg Eason, Europe, 5 and 3
Game 8: Patrick Rodgers, USA def. Julien Brun, Europe, 4 and 3
Game 9: Sean Dale, USA def. Pontus Widegren, Europe, 2-up
Game 10: Daniel Berger, USA def. Ben Taylor, Europe, 2 and 1
Game 11: Cory Whitsett, USA halved Scott Fernandez, Europe
Game 12: Alex Carpenter, USA halved Gary Hurley, Europe
Game 13: James Erkenbeck, USA halved Joel Stalter, Europe
Game 14: Kevin Phelan, Europe def. Michael Weaver, USA, 3 and 1
Game 15: Michael Kim, USA halved Pedro Figueiredo, Europe 

Third Round Foursomes Pairings

Game 16: Cory Whitsett/Bobby Wyatt, USA vs. Gary Hurley/Kevin Phelan, Europe
Game 17: Patrick Rodgers/Justin Thomas, USA vs. Pedro Figueiredo/Pontus Widegren, Europe
Game 18: Alex Carpenter/Michael Kim, USA vs. Julien Brun/Joel Stalter, Europe
Game 19: Daniel Berger/Sean Dale, USA vs. Sebastian Cappelen/Greg Eason, Europe
Game 20: James Erkenbeck/Michael Weaver, USA vs. Scott Fernandez/Ben Taylor, Europe