Aztecs' Aaron Goldberg Named to U.S. Palmer Cup Team
May 1, 2008
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State senior Aaron Goldberg (Encinitas, Calif.) was one of eight players named to the 2008 Palmer Cup as announced recently by the Golf Coaches Association of America. The annual competition, featuring the top collegiate golfers from the United States against their European counterparts, will be played June 26-27 in a Ryder Cup-style format at the Glasgow Golf Club's 6,903-yard, par-71 Gailes Links in Gailes, Scotland.
Goldberg, who captured the Mountain West Conference Men's Golfer of the Year award for the 2007-08 campaign, leads the Aztecs with a 71.41 stroke average and six top-5 finishes, helping the Scarlet and Black claim three tournament titles this season. The La Costa Canyon High alumnus equaled his highest finish of the year last weekend after tying for the runner-up spot at the MWC Championships, April 24-26, in Tucson, Ariz. He also placed second at the PING Arizona Intercollegiate and the SDSU Intercollegiate Classic earlier this spring. Goldberg, a 2007 PING honorable mention All-American, was one of 20 Division I collegiate golfers named to the 2008 Jack Nicklaus Award watch list last month.
Joining Goldberg on the Palmer Cup squad will be UCLA's Kevin Chappell, Derek Fathauer of Louisville, Oklahoma State's Rickie Fowler, Chesson Hadley of Georgia Tech, Florida's Billy Horschel, Adam Mitchell of Georgia and Alabama's Michael Thompson. Stanford head coach Conrad Ray will serve as the team's captain.
The United States holds a 6-4-1 lead in the series dating back to 1997, including an 18-6 triumph last year at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. The Americans, however, have lost the last two times the event has been held in Europe.