June 9, 2005
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s Roberto Castro won both of his matches on Thursday, including a 4 and 3 victory over Steve Tiley in afternoon singles, to help Team USA to a 14-10 victory over Europe and reclaim the Palmer Cup, a biennial Ryder Cup-style competition between collegiate players from each continent.
The United States now leads the series, 5-3-1.
Castro, a rising junior who earned first-team All-America honors for the Yellow Jackets this spring, never trailed in his match against his counterpart from Georgia State. He birdied six holes and closed out the match when Tiley bogeyed the 15th hole at the Irish Course at Whistling Straits in Mosel, Wis.
The United States team, which was tied 8-8 with Europe after the morning alternate-shot matched, won six of eight singles matches in the afternoon to take the Cup. Florida’s Matt Every, Pepperdine’s Michael Putnam, Kentucky’s John Holmes, Duke’s Ryan Blaum and Indiana’s Jeff Overton also won their singles matches Thursday.
Castro and Overton never trailed in their alternate shot match in the morning, winning six of nine holes, four of them with birdies, to clinch their match on No. 14 and win, 5 and 4, over Pablo Martin and Alejandro Canizares.
Duke’s Ryan Blaum and New Mexico’s Spencer Levin defeated Rhys Davies and Tiley, 3 and 2, for the USA in the alternate shot matches.
2005 PALMER CUPWhistling Straits, Irish CourseMosel, Wis.
FINAL RESULTS – USA 14, Europe 10
Day Two Alternate Shot Matches Alex Noren and Kalle Edberg (Europe) d. Matt Every and Matthew Rosenfeld (USA), 3 and 1 Scott Jamieson and David Skinns (Europe) d. Michael Putnam and John Homes (USA), 3 and 1 Ryan Blaum and Spencer Levin (USA) d. Rhys Davies and Steve Tilley (Europe), 3 and 2 Roberto Castro and Jeff Overton (USA) d. Pablo Martin and Alejandro Canizares (Europe), 5 and 4
Day Two Singles Matches Matt Every (USA) d. Scott Jamieson (Europe), 2 and 1 Michael Putnam (USA) d. David Skinns (Europe), 3 and 1 John Holmes (USA) d. Alex Norén (Europe), 3 and 2 Kalle Edberg (Europe) d. Matthew Rosenfeld (USA) vs., 1 up Ryan Blaum (USA) d. Rhys Davies (Europe), 3 and 2 Roberto Castro (USA) d. Steve Tiley (Europe), 4 and 3 Jeff Overton (USA) d. Pablo Martin (Europe), 4 and 3 Alejandro Cañizares (Europe) d. Spencer Levin (USA), 1 up