Deadlocked through three sessions of team play, 18-18, the Palmer Cup in Geneva, Switzerland, seemed destined for a memorable final day of 24 singles matches. It was, though not for reasons imagined.
Instead of a competition coming down to the final matches, the International Team dominated singles play, 15-9, to assure a second straight win (33-24) in a collegiate competition that is gaining in popularity because of the balance – 12 women, 12 men for each team, with two sessions of mixed play. “It is as (the founder) Arnold Palmer always imagined,” said one of the directors on the U.S. side.
The mix enabled Michael Thorbjornsen, the sophomore from Wellesley, Mass., to play with his fellow Stanford Cardinal, Rose Zhang, in a pair of team matches. They lost in four-ball but earned a tie in foursomes.
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