Apr 27 2012 by Johnathon Menzies, Stirling Observer Friday
TALENTED University of Stirling golfers David Booth and Graeme Robertson have been named in the European team for the 2012 Palmer Cup.
It is the first time two British-based students have been selected for the Ryder Cup-style tournament named after legendary player Arnold Palmer.
The contest pits the cream of European student amateur golf against their American counterparts.
The eight-player teams will compete against one another at The Royal County Down Golf Club in Northern Ireland from June 28 to 30.
Booth, pictured right top, a sport management postgraduate student, secured his place following victory at the R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament earlier this month.
The Rotherham player is captain of the Stirling team that has been crowned Scottish, British and European Universities team champions.
Robertson, from Larbert, pictured right below, is regarded as one of Scotland’s leading amateur lights, a status underlined by victory at the Craigmillar Park Open, the opening event in the Scottish Golf Union Men’s Order of Merit.
He said: “I’m delighted to be selected and get the opportunity, along with David, to test myself against some of the best amateurs in the world.”
Booth added: “I feel I am in good form and one of my targets for the year was to make the Palmer Cup team. It’s another opportunity to see how my game has come on and hopefully we can help Team Europe win the cup.”
Both Stirling golfers are part of the university’s international sports scholarship programme, which has helped develop the likes of Richie Ramsay and Catriona Matthew.
It is backed by the R&A and sees the men’s team play home matches at Gleneagles.
Rickard Lindberg, national men’s coach for the Swedish golf team, will serve as Europe’s coach for the second-straight year, with Scotland’s David Inglis as his current assistant.
The coach said: “This is a very strong European team with links experts that will suit this kind of course. Top players from both college golf in the US and strong successful European amateurs will team up at the Royal County Down Golf Club in late June. It’s going to be a great match and I can’t wait.”
The United States leads the Palmer Cup series 8-6-1 and has won two contests in a row.
Team Europe last won the event in 2009, one year after victory on home soil at Glasgow Golf Club Gailes Links in Ayrshire.
The only previous Stirling student to gain selection was Patrick Spraggs, from Westhorpe in Suffolk, who represented Team Europe at the 2010 event.
Stirling YP/Junior Section
RESULTS for the April 22 Stableford:
Division One: D Kunecki 35 points; Division Two: R Stewart 35; Division Three: G MacArthur 41.
YP Members and general members interested in playing in the Family or adult/junior four’s on May 6 refer to club noticeboard.
THE Ladies Section April Spoon was held on April 12: 1 Margaret Robertson 100-30-70, 2 Diane Todd 106-35-71.
Gow Rosebowl held April 19: 1 Diane Todd 106-35-71, 2 Christine Souter-85-13-72.