Maverick McNealy, Carr Vernon Help U.S. to Victory at Palmer Cup
June 15, 2015
A pair of Northern California players helped the United States retain the Palmer Cup at Rich Harvest Farms in Illinois.
Maverick McNealy, a junior at Stanford, and Carr Vernon, a senior at CSU-Monterey Bay, helped the U.S. defeat Europe, 18-12, in the event, which concluded on Sunday.
The two were among 10 players representing Team USA in the international collegiate event, which pits top players in the U.S. against their counterparts from Great Britain and Ireland in a Ryder Cup-style format.
McNealy, who recently won the Haskins Award for being the nation’s top collegiate player, went 2-1 in the championship. His victories included a Four-Ball win playing with Beau Hossler of Texas.
Carr, the designated non-Division I player and a native of Missouri, chipped in with a Foursomes Match victory playing with Kyle Jones.
The U.S. now leads the series, 10-8-1.
Former outstanding collegiate players who have competed in the Palmer Cup include Luke Donald, 2009 U.S. Open champ Lucas Glover, 2010 U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell, Charles Howell III and Dustin Johnson.
Beginning in 2016, one of the 20 participants in the annual Palmer Cup matches will be extended an invitation to compete in the PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational.