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United States win Palmer Cup 14-10

Roberto Castro and Jeff Overton teamed to win an alternate-shot match and added singles victories to lead the United States to a 14-10 victory over Europe on Thursday in the Palmer Cup college matches.

After 16 matches in which the teams were tied after all three sessions, the United States took six of eight singles matches in the afternoon round to win the Ryder Cup-style event for the first time in three years.

"They've got a good team. We fought and kept it pretty much squared up with them. And we knew, coming down the stretch with them, we'd wear them out," said Overton, the Big Ten champion from Indiana. "We went out there with a lot of heart today and brought this trophy back to the U.S.A."

The United States secured the necessary 12½ points to win when Castro (Georgia Tech) closed out his match with Steve Tiley (Georgia State) 4 and 3 by halving the par- 4 15th hole, and Overton, playing right behind Castro, clinched at least a tie with Pablo Martin (Oklahoma State) with four holes to play. Overton went on to halve the 15th with an 8-foot par putt to win 4 and 3.

"Everyone's point counted equal, but it was nice to finish it off," said Castro, whose father was born in Peru and mother in Costa Rica. "Getting the chance to play for the flag ranks above anything I've done individually. It's been really special."

The United States leads the series 5-3-1.

Alejandro Canizares, an Arizona State junior from Spain who helped Europe win the last two cups, was surprised the U.S. players came on so strong in the final matches.

"We never saw it coming. We were playing good, but they're a great team. They played their game and we played our game and it wasn't enough," Canizares said.

The Spaniard did his part by winning three of his four matches, including a 1-up victory over Spencer Levin (New Mexico) when he halved the 18th hole. Canizares holds the record for most career cup victories (nine) and points (nine).

The two teams split the four morning alternate-shot matches to enter the eight singles matches tied at 8.

In the morning matches, Castro and Overton beat Canizares and Martin 5 and 4, Levin and Ryan Blaum (Duke) defeated Rhys Davies (Tennessee State) and Tiley 3 and 2, Europe's Kalle Edberg (Augusta State) and Alex Noren (Oklahoma State) beat Matt Every (Florida) and Matthew Rosenfeld (Texas) 3 and 1, and Europe's Scott Jamieson (Augusta State) and David Skinns (Tennessee) edged John Holmes (Kentucky) and Michael Putnam (Pepperdine) 3 and 1.

In the other singles matches, Every beat Jamieson 2 and 1, Putnam downed Skinns 3 and 1, Holmes edged Noren 3 and 2, Blaum beat Davies 3 and 2, Edberg beat Rosenfeld 1-up.

 

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