Washington sophomore golfer helps U.S. Team win Palmer Cup

Updated: June 30, 2011

University of Washington sophomore Chris Williams won his crucial final round singles match to help the United States defeat Europe 13-11 and win the 2011 Palmer Cup.

Williams took down Swede Henrik Norlander 3&2 in match seven at the Stanwich Club to seal the USA’s eighth Palmer Cup Championship. Europe has won six.

The UW sophomore from Moscow, Idaho took the lead over Norlander, a sophomore from Augusta State, on the second hole and never relinquished the advantage. Williams birdied No. 2 and 4 to go 2 up before Norlander birdied No. 6 to cut into the lead. Williams extended his advantage to 3 up by scoring birdie on No. 8 and No. 9.

Williams finished the tournament with two wins, no losses and halved two matches.

The United States entered the final day of action trailing 8.5-7.5. The U.S. won five matches during the singles play on the final day, lost two and tied one to retain the Palmer Cup.