Two UH Golfers On Opposite Sides Of International Event

Simon Robinson
Andy Sanders
HOUSTON (Aug. 4) -- Two University of Houston golfers may be teammates every other weekend of the year, but the Cougar duo will be on opposite sides while representing their respective countries in an international golf competition later this month.

UH senior Andy Sanders and sophomore Simon Robinson are teammates that helped the Cougars to a No. 4 ranking in the nation last spring. The pair however will be on opposing teams at the fourth annual Palmer Cup to be held August 15-16 in Liverpool, England.

Like the prestigious Ryder Cup, which is a series of competitions between the elite professional golfers of the United States and Europe, the Palmer Cup features the best college golfers of the U.S. and Great Britain playing in an identical two-day program of four-ball, foursomes and two pairs of singles matches.

Robinson was picked to play for the eight-man British team while Sanders was also one of just eight players in the country selected to represent the United States. Sanders, an NCAA All-American originally from Merrit Island, Florida, also qualified for the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach earlier this year. Robinson is a standout from Hartlepool, England, who completed his first season at the University of Houston last spring.

The pair were chosen for their respective international assignments by the Golf Coaches Association of America (which chose eight members from its 2000 All-America team) and the British University Sports Association. The British team was chosen from a sizable pool of players who compete and attend college in either the U.S. or Europe. Houston is the first university with a player selected to play for each of the two teams in the same year.

Named in honor of golfing legend Arnold Palmer, the Palmer Cup is one of the most prestigious international sporting events for university students. The 2000 event is the fourth since the competition began in 1997 and it will be played at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club-Hoylake, the same course where Bobby Jones completed the Grand Slam in 1930.

The United States has won all four of the Palmer Cup events. Next year the Palmer Cup will be played Oak Hill in Rochester, NY, site of the 1995 Ryder Cup.



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