Erkenbeck Wins Singles Match in Team USA's Palmer Cup Victory

June 9, 2013

WILMINGTON, Del. – University of New Mexico senior golfer James Erkenbeck defeated UCLA’s Pedro Figueiredo 2 and 1 in their match-play paring Sunday to help Team USA capture the 2013 Palmer Cup with a 20.5-9.5 victory at Wilmington Country Club.

Erkenbeck finished with 2.5 points for Team USA. Earlier in the day Iowa State’s Scott Fernandez (Iowa State) and Ben Taylor (Nova Southeastern University) defeated Erkenbeck and California’s Michael Weaver.

Erkenbeck and Figueiredo both were named recipients of the Michael Carter Award, which is presented to the Palmer Cup participant that best represents the qualities and ideals of sportsmanship, integrity and upholding of the game.

During their match, Erkenbeck claimed the first hole before Figueiredo won three and four to take the lead. Erkenbeck responded by reclaiming the lead with victories on the next two holes. Figueiredo tallied a birdie on No. 11 to move the match back to all square but Erkenbeck won the next three holes with birdie. Figueiredo managed to whittle the lead back to 1-down but Erkenbeck closed him out by winning No. 17.

Fernandez and Taylor downed Erkenbeck and Weaver for Europe’s first point of day. The Euro’s birdied the first hole to go 1-up and added birdie wins at Nos. 3 and 6. Erkenbeck and Weaver got back to 2-down thru 8. Europe would win the 10th and No. 14 with birdies.

Erkenbeck concluded his UNM career when his team finished fifth in the NCAA Championship in Alpharetta, Ga., on May 31.

Sunday’s Results
Game 16: 
Cory Whitsett/Bobby Wyatt, USA def. Gary Hurley/Kevin Phelan, Europe, 5 and 3
Game 17: Patrick Rodgers/Justin Thomas, USA halved Pedro Figueiredo/Pontus Widegren, Europe
Game 18: Alex Carpenter/Michael Kim, USA def. Julien Brun/Joel Stalter, Europe, 1-up
Game 19: Sebastian Cappelen/Greg Eason, Europe def. Daniel Berger/Sean Dale, USA, 1-up
Game 20: Scott Fernandez/Ben Taylor, Europe def. James Erkenbeck/Michael Weaver, USA, 4 and 3

Final Singles Matches
Game 21: Bobby Wyatt, USA halved Kevin Phelan, Europe
Game 22: Cory Whitsett, USA def. Scott Fernandez, Europe, 3 and 2
Game 23: Sean Dale, USA halved Julien Brun, Europe
Game 24: Ben Taylor, Europe def. Daniel Berger, USA, 2 and 1
Game 25: Pontus Widegren, Europe def. Michael Kim, USA, 1-up
Game 26: Alex Carpenter, USA halved Greg Eason, Europe
Game 27: Michael Weaver, USA def. Joel Stalter, Europe, 3 and 1
Game 28: Justin Thomas, USA def. Sebastian Cappelen Europe, 2 and 1
Game 29: Patrick Rodgers, USA def. Gary Hurley, Europe, 2 and 1
Game 30: James Erkenbeck, USA def. Pedro Figueiredo, Europe, 2 and 1