Europe retains cup with a 14.5-9.5 win
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Former University of Arizona men’s golfer Chris Nallen posted a 1-3 record for the United States in Palmer Cup competition over the weekend. It was Nallen’s second consecutive appearance for team USA in the Ryder Cup-style event.
Nallen, whose UA career ended in June, went 0-2 in four-ball and foursomes matches and 1-1 in singles play in the two-day event. Europe retained the Palmer Cup with a 14.5-9.5 win at Ballybunion Golf Course in Ballybunion, County Kerry, Ireland. The United States leads the all-time series, 4-3-1.
It marked the third major international amateur appearance for Nallen, who also competed in the 2003 Palmer and Walker Cup competitions. Counting his 2004 Palmer Cup effort, Nallen tallied a 4-6 record in those matches.
In 15 appearances in 2003-04 for Arizona, Nallen posted a 69.79 stroke average, which is the lowest single-season average in school history. He won a school-record four tournaments in 2003-04 and has five additional top-10 finishes. Thirty-three of his 43 rounds played this season were at par or better, including a school-record 18-under-par 195 total in winning the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate on Feb. 3.
Nallen captured individual medalist honors six times in his career (2000-04), a figure that is tied for second place on the UA career victories list. In 167 career rounds played, Nallen carded a 71.19 stroke average, which is also a school record. He is the 14th Wildcat golfer to earn first team All-America honors since 1967 and just the fourth to earn multiple first-team accolades.