Walter Chun at Palmer Cup as Assistant Coach for U.S.
June 2, 2009
DENVER - California's Walter Chun is the assistant coach for the American collegiate team that plays in the prestigious Palmer Cup, held June 3-5 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colo. The event, which pits the top-eight American collegiate golfers against their European collegiate counterparts, is named for golfing great Arnold Palmer and considered the collegiate version of the Ryder Cup. The United States leads the all-time series, 6-5-1.
Chun, a two-time Golden Bears captain who completed his fifth year as a Cal assistant in 2009 after being named the nation's top assistant coach following the 2007-08 season, will work with Matt Thurmond, head coach at the University of Washington, to coach the American team.
Cal's Peter Tomasulo was a member of the U.S. team in 2003. This year's American team will consist of Bud Cauley of Alabama, Morgan Hoffmann and Trent Leon of Oklahoma State, Jamie Lovemark of Southern California, Adam Mitchell of Georgia, Cameron Tringale of Georgia Tech, Mike Van Sickle of Marquette and Steve Ziegler of Stanford.
Representing the Europeans will be Jorge Campillo of Indiana, Stephan Gross of Arizona State, Leonardo Motta of IULM Milan, Augusta State's Henrik Norlander, Chris Paisley and Robin Wingardh of Tennessee, Texas A&M's Andrea Pavan and Tim Sluiter of Southern California.
The par-72 course that will play at approximately 7,600 yards has been the site of seven USGA competitions and two PGA Championships. It is one of only three courses, with Winged Foot and Hazeltine National, to have hosted the U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women's Open.
Originally designed by William Flynn, Cherry Hills drew fame after the 1960 U.S. Open, when Palmer shot a final-round 65 to win his only Open title.