Golf: Three Bears named to play in Palmer Cup

Another big day for the top-ranked Cal golf team.

The Bears learned Monday they will be represented by three players at the Palmer Cup, putting the top collegiage golfers from the U.S. and Europe in a Ryder Cup-style event, June 7-9 at the Wilmington. Country Club in Wilmington, Del.

Michael Kim and Michael Weaver were selected to the 10-man U.S. squad and Joel Stalter, a native of Amneville, France, was chosen to the European team.

Cal coach Steve Desimone called the announcement “a great day for our program and certainly a wonderful day for our three players selected.”

He added, “It’s continued recognition of how well this team has played all year and the great play that all three of these players have produced throughout the season leading to us being the No. 1 team in the country. It’s a dream come true to represent your country.”

All three Cal players selected finished among the top six in the final Palmer Cup Ranking, also released Monday. The top six players for both Team USA and Team Europe in the Palmer Cup Ranking, which is in its first season of existence, automatically qualified for the Palmer Cup.

Kim was the No. 1 ranked player for Team USA, while Stalter and Weaver were both No. 6 for their respective squads. Weaver recently played in the Masters for the first time. Cal’s Brandon Hagy and Max Homa were also ranked on the Team USA list at No. 14 and No. 17, respectively.

Kim, a sophomore from Del Mar, is the nation’s No. 1 player in the latest rankings released by both Golfweek and Golfstat. He has been an individual medalist a school-record four times in 2012-13 and finished in the top 10 in all but one of his 11 regular-season events.

Cal has won a school-record nine tournaments in 11 tries this season, one shy of the unofficial NCAA record of 10 set by Oklahoma State in 1985-86.

The Bears’ next tournament is the Pac-12 Championships, April 29 through May 1 at the Los Angeles Country Club.

Jeff Faraudo