Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares Named To Fourth European Palmer Cup Team

April 20, 2006

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TEMPE, Ariz. --Alejandro Cañizares of Arizona State, East Tennessee State's Rhys Davies, Oscar Floren of Texas Tech, Georgia State's Mark Haastrup, Stephen Lewton of NC State, Randstad Topsport Academie Rotterdam's Joost Luiten, Pablo Martin of Oklahoma State and Stirling's Richard Ramsey have been named to represent Europe in the 2006 Palmer Cuppresented by Monster announced European Head Coach Peter Mattsson. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition between American collegiate golfers and their counterparts from Europe will be played June 29-30, on the 6,544 yard, par 71 Prestwick Golf Club. The European squad - which trails the United States 5-3-1 - represents players from six different nations.

'We have players with a wide range of abilities from across Europe,' said Mattsson, the director of coaching for the English Golf Union. 'Several of our players have links experience, which will be of great benefit, and a good mix between players based out of the United States and Europe.'

Cañizares, a senior from Manilva, Spain, will be competing in his fourth Palmer Cup. The Palmer Cup all-time leader in victories and points, the 2003 NCAA champion has a 9-3 career record in the event.

He has won six collegiate titles in his career and has a 71.53 stroke average this year with four top-five finishes. He has won the 2005 Puerto Rico Classic, 2005 PING-Arizona Intercollegiate, 2004 Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge, 2004 ASU Thunderbird Invitational, 2003 NCAA Championship and the 2003 National Invitational Tournament.

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