June 28, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Rising senior Paul Dunne of the UAB men's golf team led Team Europe to a 18.5-11.5 victory against Team USA in the 2014 Palmer Cup at the Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England on Saturday.
Heading into the third and final day of play, the teams were square at 10 apiece. Dunne, the third player in program history to participate in the Palmer Cup, was one of eight members of Team Europe to win their singles match on the final day of competition. In his singles match against Alabama rising sophomore Robby Shelton, Dunne recorded a par on the par-4 18th hole to secure a 1-up win.
On Friday, the Greystones, Ireland native halved his first singles match against Oglethorpe rising senior Anthony Maccaglia. Dunne paired with San Diego rising senior Grant Forrest for Thursday's foursomes and four-ball competitions. The duo lost 2 & 1 to former Cal golfer Brandon Hagy and Georgia Tech rising senior Ollie Schniederjans in foursomes play. In the afternoon, the pair suffered a 4 & 2 defeat in four-ball competition to USC rising sophomore Rico Hoey and Florida State rising sophomore Jack McGuire.
It marked the first time the European side had won the event since 2012 and Team USA holds a 9-8-1 edge in the all-time series. In addition, it marked the largest margin of victory for the Europeans since they won 19.5-4.5 in 2006.
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