Trahan Completes Palmer Cup 3-0-1


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DOONBEG, County Clare, Ireland – The United States took control of
the 2002 Palmer Cup presented by Pennzoil on Friday, winning eight
singles matches and defeating Great Britain and Ireland 15.5 to 8.5
at Doonbeg Golf Club.


USA led 4.5 to 3.5 following Thursday’s four-ball and foursomes, and
jumped to a quick start in the early singles matches, winning four
games and halving two before GB&I tallied their first victory. The
Americans earned six of a possible eight points in the breakfast
session, which pushed their lead to 10.5 to 5.5 heading into the
final round.


Ryan Hybl kept the U.S. momentum going in the afternoon singles, as
he carded a 7 and 6 victory over Andy Smith. The win put the United
States within one point of clinching the Palmer Cup with seven
matches remaining on the course.


Bill Haas then secured the American win with a 2-up victory over
Oliver Wilson. Haas defeated Wilson in the morning singles matches
by the same score.


“I couldn’t be more proud of the (U.S.) team,” said USA coach Chris
Haack. “It was tough going out there this week. GBI played
outstanding golf, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for their
games.”


While the score appears to be a lop-sided win for the United States,
a closer look shows that 15 of the 24 matches were decided on the
18th hole.


Justin Kehoe provided some cheer for the local gallery when he
defeated John Klauk 3 and 1 in the afternoon singles. Kehoe, the
lone Irishman in the event, led the match early on, but dropped to
all-square on the 13th. Kehoe rallied in the home stretch, winning
the final three holes and closing out Klauk on the 17th.


Notes


· The Palmer Cup is the first official competition at this new
links. The matches are part of Doonbeg’s grand opening celebration,
which included an exhibition between designer Greg Norman and
Irishman Padraig Harrington on Tuesday.


· The last time the Palmer Cup was hosted by Great Britain and
Ireland, Team GB&I defeated the U.S. 12.5 to 11.5.


· The United States has yet to win the Palmer Cup when GB&I
hosts (tie in 1998, loss in 2000).


· This is the first time the matches have been contested in Ireland.


· The United States leads the series 3 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie.


· The matches are being filmed by European Tour Productions for
a tape-delayed highlight show broadcast on BSKYB in the U.K. and The
Golf Channel in the United States. (Dates yet to be announced)


· Bill Haas of the USA and Justin Walters of GB&I received the
inaugural Michael Carter Memorial Award. The award is named in
memory of former Penn State University golfer and GCAA Palmer Cup
intern Michael Carter, who died in an automobile accident in
February. It is presented to one player from each team that best
represents Carter, who lived his life to the fullest and loved the
game of golf as much as he loved life.



Four-ball Matches Results

Doonbeg Golf Club, County Clare, Ireland

Thursday, July 11, 2002


GB&I Philip Rowe and Oliver Wilson

def. USA Brock Mackenzie and Nick Watney, 1-up


GB&I Andy Smith and Justin Walters

def. USA Ryan Hybl and Lee Williamson, 6 and 4


USA John Klauk and Hunter Mahan

def. GB&I Geoff Harris and Stuart Manley, 1-up


USA Bill Haas and D.J. Trahan

def. GB&I Justin Kehoe and Stuart Wilson, 1-up


Team Points:

GB&I 2 to USA 2

Foursomes (Alternate Shot) Results

Doonbeg Golf Club, County Clare, Ireland

Thursday, July 11, 2002


GB&I Philip Rowe and Oliver Wilson

halved with USA Ryan Hybl and Lee Williamson


USA Brock Mackenzie and Nick Watney

def. GB&I Andy Smith and Justin Walters, 6 and 4


GB&I Geoff Harris and Stuart Manley

def. USA John Klauk and Hunter Mahan, 5 and 4


USA Bill Haas and D.J. Trahan

def. GB&I Justin Kehoe and Stuart Wilson, 2 and 1


Team Points:

USA 4.5 to GB&I 3.5


Morning Singles Matches Results

Doonbeg Golf Club, County Clare, Ireland

Friday, July 12, 2002


USA Bill Haas

def. GB&I Oliver Wilson, 2-up


USA Nick Watney

def. GB&I Philip Rowe, 1-up


USA John Klauk

def. GB&I Geoff Harris, 2-up


GB&I Stuart Manley

halved with USA Ryan Hybl


GB&I Stuart Wilson

halved with USA Brock Mackenzie


USA Lee Williamson

def. GB&I Andy Smith, 3 and 2


GB&I Justin Walters

def. USA Hunter Mahan, 2 and 1


USA D.J. Trahan

def. GB&I Justin Kehoe, 3 and 2


Team Points:

USA 10.5 to GB&I 5.5


Afternoon Singles Matches Results

Doonbeg Golf Club, County Clare, Ireland

Friday, July 12, 2002


USA Bill Haas

def. GB&I Oliver Wilson, 2-up


USA Nick Watney

def. GB&I Philip Rowe, 1-up


USA John Klauk

def. GB&I Justin Kehoe, 3 and 1


USA Ryan Hybl

def. GB&I Justin Walters, 7 and 6


GB&I Stuart Wilson

halved with USA Brock Mackenzie


GB&I Stuart Manley

halved with USA Lee Williamson


GB&I Andy Smith

halved with USA Hunter Mahan


GB&I Geoff Harris

halved with USA D.J. Trahan


Team Points:

USA 15.5 to GB&I 8.5


USA Individual Records

Bill Haas 4-0

D.J. Trahan 3-0-1

Nick Watney 3-1

John Klauk 2-2

Ryan Hybl 1-1-2

Brock Mackenzie 1-1-2

Lee Williamson 1-1-2

Hunter Mahan 1-2-1

Team Total 16-8-8


GB&I Individual Records

Justin Walters 2-2

Stuart Manley 1-1-2

Philip Rowe 1-2-1

Andy Smith 1-2-1

Geoff Harris 1-2-1

Oliver Wilson 1-2-1

Justin Kehoe 1-3

Stuart Wilson 0-2-2

Team Total 8-16-8

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