UT's Skinns helps beat U.S. team

University of Tennessee golf star David Skinns helped lead Europe to a 14-10 victory over the United States in the 2003 Palmer Cup at The Kiawah Island Clubs Cassique Course last week. The win was the first by Team Europe on American soil in the competitions seven-year history.

Held annually since 1997, the Palmer Cup matches two eight-man teams featuring the best collegiate golfers from the United States and Europe against one another in match play. The United States hold a 4-2-1 advantage in the annual Ryder Cup-style series.

The Europeans held a 7-5 lead after Day 1, then claimed six of the 12 matches on Friday and halved two others for the win. Skinns halved his first-round singles match versus University of California senior Peter Tomasulo Thursday, and then defeated Tomasulo 1-up Friday.

In four-ball match play, Skinns teamed with Wales National Champion David Price Thursday and the pair overcame a four-hole deficit to record a 1-up victory over Tomasulo and Adam Rubinson (TCU), giving Team Europe its first point of the competition. On Friday, Skinns and partner Oliver Wilson (Augusta State) fell 2 and 1 to the team of Dustin Bray (UNC) and Brandt Snedeker (Vanderbilt).

''David performed admirably,'' Tennessee head coach Jim Kelson said. ''He played well and represented [the University of Tennessee] well. I know he was excited to be a part of that winning team. That was a huge victory for Europe. They beat the best collegians in the United States and I think the golf that was played by the Europeans was nothing short of spectacular. It was an incredible performance.''


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