The Palmer Cup teams pits the United States against Europe in a Ryder Cup-style competition. Europe defeated the United States to claim the 2014 Cup 18.5-11.5. Both Shelton and former Alabama golfer Trey Mullinax were among the U.S. lineup in that event.
Shelton, a sophomore from Wilmer, Ala., has been a force throughout the season for the nationally-ranked Crimson Tide men's golf team. Heading into this weekend's Southeastern Conference Championships, Shelton is ranked No. 7 in the nation according to the Golfweek/Sagarin performance index. He leads the Tide in scoring average (70.44), which includes eight top-10 finishes (in nine tournaments) and is a combined 27-under par on the season.
In addition to Shelton, the United States 10-man squad includes: Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans and Anders Albertson, Georgia’s Lee McCoy, Stanford’s Maverick McNealy, Vanderbilt’s Hunter Stewart, Florida State’s Jack MaGuire, Texas’ Beau Hossler, Baylor’s Kyle Jones and CSU Monterey Bay’s Carr Vernon. Georgia Tech’s Bruce Heppler will serve as Team USA’s coach in 2015. Shelton and Schniederjans are the only players on this year’s team who competed in last year’s Palmer Cup.
Furthermore, Shelton, who is the only sophomore in the nation to be named as a semifinalist for the prestigious Ben Hogan Award, has six top-six finishes, including winning the Southern Highlands Masters in mid-March.
Alabama has now had at least one player represented on the team in each of the past four years.