Clemson Dominates United States Palmer Cup Team

May 30, 2000

Orlando, FL–Three Clemson players, including two who helped the United States to victory last year, were named to the eight-man United States Palmer Cup team Monday. The announcement was made by the Golf Coaches Association and Palmer Cup Head Coach Ross Randall, the head coach at the University of Kansas.

Clemson All-Americans Jonathan Byrd, John Engler and Lucas Glover were all named to the squad. It was the second year in a row that Byrd and Engler were named. Last year, Byrd had a 4-0 record in his matches in the competition, leading the United States to victory.

The Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup style format featuring eight of the top men’s collegiate golfers from the United States against their counterparts from Great Britain/Ireland. This year’s competition, the fourth annual, will take place August 15-16 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club-Hoylake in Hoylake, England.

Byrd, Engler and Glover are the top players on Clemson’s number-one ranked team that will begin play in the NCAA Championships on Wednesday at Grand National Golf Club in Auburn, AL. All three have international experience. Byrd and Engler were members of the Palmer Cup team last year and Byrd was also on the Walker Cup team. Glover was a member of the United States team in the US vs. Japan Cup team last year.

Joining the three Clemson players on the 2000 Palmer Cup team will be Nick Cassini of Georgia, Charles Howell of Oklahoma State, Jeff Klauk of Florida Southern and Andy Miller of BYU. The winner of the NCAA Division I championships this weekend will also be invited.

This is actually the second straight year Clemson has had three players participate in the event. Former Clemson golfer Michael Hoey played for the Great Britain/Ireland team last year.

2000 United States Palmer Cup Team Jonathan Byrd, Clemson John Engler, Clemson Lucas Glover, Clemson Nick Cassini, Georgia Charles Howell, Oklahoma State Jeff Klauk, Florida Southern Andy Miller, Brigham Young 2000 NCAA Division I Champion–TBA Head Coach–Ross Randall, University of Kansas