STOCKSFIELD'S Chris Paisley has been selected to participate in the 2009 Palmer Cup - a Ryder Cup-style competition set to be played from June 3-5 between top college students from the United States and Europe.
The 23-year-old from Stocksfield, Northumberland is the only Englishman in the European team that includes two players each from Italy and Sweden and one each from Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. He is currently 22nd in the R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings.
It will be Paisley's first appearance in this event. UT head coach Jim Kelson said: "Being selected to the Palmer Cup team is a tremendous achievement as well as a great honour."
Paisley, who is attending the University of Tennessee, has been their No. 1 golfer all season, leading the team with a 72.23 stroke average and compiling five top-10 finishes. He captured the Arizona Invitational in early February on the strength of three consecutive rounds in the 60s.
"I just missed out on the Palmer Cup last year and it's been one of the goals of my senior year," Paisley said. "I'm obviously very happy and glad the work has paid off."
Paisley, has enjoyed considerable success on the American college circuit while 2008 was his best year on this side of the Atlantic when he won the Czech Amateur Championship and finished runner-up in the English Amateur, the South of England Stroke Play and the Tillman Trophy.
He has also represented Europe in the St Andrews Trophy and the EGU in this year's Jones Cup.
Cherry Hills Country Club, located in the Denver suburbs, is hosting the 2009 event and plays to 7,600 yards. Arnold Palmer, for whom the competition is named, captured his only US Open at Cherry Hills in 1960.
"We're extremely honoured to be playing the Palmer Cup at such a fine course as Cherry Hills," said Mark Crabtree, head coach at Louisville and president of the Golf Coaches Association of America. "It's always great to be at a venue that has hosted so many championships, but staging the Palmer Cup at the site of Arnold Palmer's 1960 U.S. Open triumph is extra special."
Denver also will be farthest west the event has been held in its 13-year history. "I haven't seen the course or played it, but I hear it's great with a lot of history," Paisley said of Cherry Hills. "That's why I came to Tennessee - to play some of the best courses in the country."
The European team is: Jorge Campillo (Spain), Stephen Gross (Germany), Leonardo Motta (Italy), Henrik Norlander (Sweden), Chris Paisley (England), Andrea Pavan (Italy), Tim Sluiter (The Netherlands) and Robin Wingardh (Sweden).