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Friday, March 31, 2006

 

Prestwick to Host 2006 Palmer Cup presented by Monster

College golf?s Ryder Cup-style competition tees off at the Birthplace of the Open Championship

 

NORMAN, Okla. ? Historic Prestwick Golf Club has been selected as the site for the 2006 Palmer Cup presented by Monster announced the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played June 29-30, on the 6,544 yard, par 71 Prestwick Golf Club when the top collegiate players from the United States tee off against their counterparts from Europe. The Americans lead the series, 5-3-1.

 

"We are very pleased to hold the 10th Palmer Cup at the birthplace of championship golf, Prestwick Golf Club," said GCAA President Tom Drennan. "I?m sure that both the finest college players from America and Europe will be looking forward to competing at such a prestigious venue. We are grateful to the members and staff of Prestwick for making this wonderful opportunity possible."

Situated on the famous Ayrshire coast of Scotland, Prestwick shares a stretch of land with legendary courses Royal Troon and Turnberry, all who have played host to the Open Championship. Prestwick boasts the distinction of being the birthplace of the Open Championship, having hosted 24 Open Championships, including the first 12. In 1872, the club joined forces with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and the Honourable Company of Edinburgh to acquire the Claret Jug.

"Prestwick Golf Club is delighted to act as this year?s host Club for the Palmer Cup," said Ian Bunch, Prestwick Golf Club Secretary. "We look forward to welcoming the super stars of tomorrow to our very unique Club and Course. I believe Prestwick is one of the finest match play venues in Scotland and it will be a privilege to see these young players test their skills. The course is a true links layout with narrow fairways and fast undulating greens; there are a number of old fashioned blind shots which most of the participants will not have experienced. There will be a premium on accuracy as opposed to length and if the wind blows both sides will discover the special delights of golf in Scotland."

Prestwick has been a strong supporter of amateur golf, having hosted 11 Amateur Championships. The first was in 1888 and the most recent in 2001 as part of the Club?s 150

th

Anniversary.

"Monster could not be happier with the opportunity to stage this top collegiate competition at the birthplace of the Open Championship," commented Andrew J. McKelvey, Chairman and CEO of Monster Worldwide. "The whole Prestwick experience will be outstanding for the talented young men who qualify for the Palmer Cup presented by Monster ? college golf?s equivalent to the Ryder Cup."

The 10th annual Palmer Cup presented by Monster returns to Scotland for the first time since 1998, when the event was played at St. Andrews. Previous Palmer Cup host venues include Bay Hill, The Honors Course, Royal Liverpool, Baltusrol, Doonbeg, Cassique, Ballybunion and Whistling Straits. Past participants include Open Champion Ben Curtis, Jonathan Byrd, Luke Donald, Charles Howell III, Hank Kuehne, Bo Van Pelt, Michael Hoey, Matt Kuchar, Peter Lawrie, Hunter Mahan, D.J. Trahan and Ryan Moore.

Monster, headquartered in Maynard, Mass., is the leading global careers website. Monster connects the most progressive companies with the most qualified career-minded individuals, offering innovative technology and superior services that give them more control over the recruiting process. The Monster global network consists of local content and language sites in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Scotland, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Luxembourg, India, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland and Finland. Monster was the official online career management services sponsor of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team. More information about Monster is available at

www.monster.com

or by calling 1-800-MONSTER.

Prestwick Golf Club was founded in 1851 and is located just 30 minutes southwest of Glasgow, Scotland, on the famous golfing Ayrshire coast, a stretch of land unequalled anywhere in the world for prime golfing terrain. Prestwick shares its boundaries with Royal Troon and is just 20 minutes from Turnberry. More information is available on Prestwick at

www.prestwickgc.co.uk

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