Tide's Thomas Gets Palmer Cup Invite

Alabama true freshman Justin Thomas was selected to the United States 2011 Palmer Cup team the Golf Coaches Association of America announced on Thursday.

The United States and Europe will play their annual Ryder Cup-style competition on June 28-30 at The Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle, Northern Ireland.

"It really is a special honor to be able to play for your country," Alabama Coach Jay Seawell said. "This event has really continued to grow in stature and players. I'm excited that he is getting this opportunity. The Palmer Cup will be a great experience that will also help Justin develop as a golfer."

Thomas, a native of Goshen, Ky., is the fifth Crimson Tide player to be selected to play in the Palmer Cup and the third player chosen for the United States' team. He joins recent Tide players Bud Cauley (2009) and Michael Thompson (2008) on the team as well as Allan MacDonald (1997) and Lars Brovold (2004), who competed for the European team.

Thomas is fresh off of capturing medalist honors at the SEC Championship, while also helping the Tide win the team title. He has three medalist honors this season, tying the school record, and leads bot the team and the conference with a 70.63 scoring average. He is fourth in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and fifth in the Golfstat Cup.

Josh Gregory of SMU was previously announced as the United States Coach. Georgia Tech's Christian Newton will serve as his assistant.

The rest of the team will include Blayne Barber of Auburn, UNLV's Derek Ernst, Corbin Mills of Clemson, Patrick Rodgers and Andrew Yun of Stanford, James White of Georgia Tech and Washington's Chris Williams.

The United States leads the Palmer Cup series 8-6-1 and has won two straight.

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