NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt senior Patrick Martin was selected as a captain’s pick by U.S. Palmer co-Head Coach Scott Limbaugh for the Palmer Cup, an annual Ryder Cup-style competition that will be played June 7-9 at the Alotian Club in Little Rock, Arkansas. Martin joins teammates Will Gordon and John Augenstein on the team.
Martin, a three-time GCAA All-American, is averaging 70.40 strokes per round this season, which would rank sixth all-time, and his career average of 70.85 ranks second on Vanderbilt’s all-time list behind Matthias Schwab (2013-17, 70.81). He has three top five finishes this season and two other top ten finishes, and ended his home career with a runner-up finish at the Mason Rudolph Championship in April.
"In my opinion, Patrick represents everything that is right about college athletics. He does things the right way on and off the course and does it with class and integrity. The more I have learned about Mr. Palmer, the more I believe Patrick represents the qualities that were important to Mr. Palmer. He has had a stellar career at Vanderbilt and a great match play record for us. I am excited that he will represent the United States in the Arnold Palmer Cup. There were certainly some other very deserving players for this pick, but there is no one I know and believe in more than Patrick."
Martin’s selection to the Palmer Cup is the ninth for Vanderbilt as a program and the Commodores now have seven selections in the last five years. Vanderbilt’s three selections to the 2019 Palmer Cup ties an event record for the number of players from a single school. Alabama and California each had three selections in 2013.