DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University senior men's golfer Alex Smalley will proudly represent the United States at this summer's Palmer Cup, as the picks for the annual international amateur golf event were announced this week.
The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played June 7-9 at the Alotian Club in Little Rock, Ark., and will be the first to be played in the United States to include men's and women's U.S. collegiate golfers against their counterparts from around the world.
Smalley, the nation's fifth-ranked men's college golfer, is leading the No. 3 Blue Devils in stroke average (69.25) this season. The senior from Wake Forest, N.C., has played nine rounds in the 60's, including a 61 at the Louisville Cardinal Challenge on his way to individual medalist honors. He's also recorded top five finishes this season at the Nike Golf Invitational, the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate and the East Lake Cup.
Smalley joins five other men that were named to the team and looking to defend last year's U.S. win: Peter Kuest (BYU), Will Gordon (Vanderbilt), Will Grimmer (Ohio State), Cole Hammer (Texas) and Brandon Wu (Stanford). Vanderbilt's Scott Limbaugh and Alabama's Mic Potter will serve as Team USA's head coaches, and make their coaches' picks on May 3.
The second Duke men's golfer to earn an invitation, Smalley joins Ryan Blaum, who competed for the United States in 2005 and 2006.