BATON ROUGE – LSU Men’s Golf junior Stewart Jolly is in the midst of an All-America caliber season with the Tigers as they hit the homestretch of the 2014 spring season, and he has been recognized for his efforts in the latest Palmer Cup Rankings released Wednesday morning by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Jolly cracks the list as the No. 15-ranked player for Team USA that will compete against Team Europe at the 2014 Palmer Cup to be held June 24-26 at Walton Heath Golf Club near London, England.
The Palmer Cup is an annual Ryder Cup style tournament featuring the top American and top European golfers competing at the collegiate level each season.
According to the GCAA’s official statement regarding Palmer Cup selection, the Palmer Cup Ranking is based on Golfstat’s NCAA Player Rankings and awards bonus points for wins and high finishes and negative points for poor finishes. The ranking calculation also contains a strength-of-schedule component.
Jolly has led the way for the Tigers throughout the 2013-14 season as he is the team’s leading scorer with a career-low 71.52 scoring average in his seven tournament appearances on the season. That already smashes his previous career-best scoring average of 73.55 strokes per round recorded as a sophomore during the 2012-13 season.
Not only that, but Jolly has earned two top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes in his seven appearances this season, including back-to-back top-10 finishes in each of his last two events with a tie for sixth place at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, held earlier this month and an eighth-place finish at the Louisiana Classics last week. Jolly also owns one tournament title this season after winning his second career individual title at the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa, back on Sept. 17.
The top six golfers in the final ranking for both the United States and Europe will automatically be selected among the 10 players for each team competing at the 2014 Palmer Cup.
The remaining four players for the United States will be selected using three committee picks and one coaches pick, while the final four spots for the European team will consist of the champion of The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament, two committee picks and one coaches pick.
Selections by their respective committees might take into account a number of factors, including their current college season, results in amateur events since the last Palmer Cup, match play record and performance in previous international team events. One of the U.S. committee picks must be a non-Division I golfer, while the European committee may select college golfers competing in either the United States or Europe.
The next Palmer Cup Ranking for the 2014 spring season will be announced on April 2.
Palmer Cup Ranking (as of March 19, 2014)
Player, Class, School
1. Wyndham Clark, Sophomore, Oklahoma State
2. Cameron Wilson, Senior, Stanford
3. Robby Shelton, Freshman, Alabama
4. Patrick Rodgers, Junior, Stanford
5. Joey Garber, Senior, Georgia
6. Brandon Hagy, Senior, California
7. J.T. Poston, Junior, Western Carolina
8. Ollie Schniederjans, Junior, Georgia Tech
9. Roman Robledo, Junior, Houston
10. Bobby Wyatt, Senior, Alabama
11. Jonathan Garrick, Sophomore, UCLA
12. Bryson Dechambeau, Sophomore, SMU
13. Brian Campbell, Junior, Illinois
14. Trey Mullinax, Senior, Alabama
15. Stewart Jolly, Junior, LSU
16. Denny McCarthy, Junior, Virginia
17. Joe Parkinson, Sophomore, BYU
18. Adam Schenk, Senior, Purdue
19. Anthony Paolucci, Junior, Southern California
20. Rico Hoey, Freshman, Southern California
21. Lorens Chan, Sophomore, UCLA
22. Seth Reeves, Senior, Georgia Tech
23. Trevor Simsby, Senior, Washington
24. Jordan Niebrugge, Sophomore, Oklahoma State
25. Bryce Chalkley, Senior, Virginia Tech
Player, Class, School
1. Joel Stalter, Senior, California
2. Julien Brun, Junior, TCU
3. Greg Eason, Senior, Central Florida
4. Sebastian Cappelen, Senior, Arkansas
5. Erik Oja, Senior, Arizona
6. Jon Rahm, Sophomore, Arizona State
7. Ricardo Gouveia, Senior, Central Florida
8. Thomas Detry, Sophomore, Illinois
9. Rowin Caron, Sophomore, Florida State
10. Lars van Meijel, Freshman, Memphis
11. Toni Hakula, Senior, Texas
12. James Ross, Senior, Houston
13. Pep Angles, Junior, Central Arkansas
14. Victor Perez, Junior, New Mexico
15. Matthias Schwab, Freshman, Vanderbilt
16. Grant Forrest, Junior, San Diego
17. Max Rottluff, Sophomore, Arizona State
18. Emilio Cuartero, Senior, Missouri
19. Gavin Moynihan, Freshman, Alabama
20. Paul Dunne, Junior, UAB
21. David Boote, Sophomore, Stanford
22. Ben Rusch, Senior, Virginia
23. Tomasz Anderson, Junior, Jacksonville State
24. Niclas Carlsson, Senior, Auburn
25. Scott Fernandez, Junior, Iowa State