Nov. 27, 2013
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina junior Ben Wheeler (South Croydon, England) is ranked 19th on the order of merit to represent Team Europe at the 2014 Palmer Cup - the premier yearly competition that showcases the best collegiate in a Ryder Cup-style format.
The top six golfers in the ranking from both the United States and Europe shall be among the 10 individuals selected to compete in the Palmer Cup at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England, June 26-28.
Using Golfstat's NCAA Player Ranking as a base, the Palmer Cup Ranking awards bonus points for wins and high finishes and a negative bonus for poor finishes. The ranking also contains a strength of schedule component.
Wheeler is the second Chanticleer in as many years to be among the top 20 in contention for a spot in the prestigious event. Last year, Sebastian Soderberg (Sweden) ranked as high as 11th. In 2007, Coastal Carolina All-American Dustin Johnson helped Team USA win the 2007 Palmer Cup.
In four events this season, Wheeler has posted an impressive 71.67 scoring average, shooting two rounds in the 60's and having seven of his 12 rounds be par or better. He has three top 20 finishes, including a seventh-place finish at LSU's David Toms Collegiate. Wheeler has played in 26 career events with a 73.73 career scoring average, which is eighth on the CCU all-time list.
PALMER CUP RANKINGS (as of Nov. 27, 2013)
Rank Name Year School Percentile 1. Ollie Schniederjans SR Georgia Tech .9975 2. Trey Mullinax SR Alabama .9975 3. Mark Anguiano SR Cal State Fullerton .9967 4. J.T. Poston JR Western Carolina .9951 5. Brandon Hagy SR California .9943 6. Bryson Dechambeau SO SMU .9926 7. Joey Garber SR Georgia .9917 8. Chase Koepka SO USF .9893 9. Joey Parkinson SO BYU .9868 10. Ian Davis SR Oklahoma State .9818 11. Robbie Shelton FR Alabama .9818 12. Bobby Wyatt SR Alabama .9818 13. Lorens Chan SO UCLA .9818 14. Anders Albertson JR Georgia Tech .9810 15. Ben Crancer SO Texas A&M .9709 16. Camerom Wilson SR Stanford .9802 17. Denny McCarthy JR Virginia .9793 18. Wyndham Clark SO Oklahoma State .9785 19. Wilson McDonald SR UAB .9785 20. Jonathan Garrick SO UCLA .9742 21. Bryce Chalkley SR Virginia Tech .9703 22. Evan Russell SO Hartford .9694 23. Brian Campbell JR Illinois .9652 24. Trevor Simsby SR Washington .9626 25. Michael Weaver SR California .9610
Rank Name Year School Country Percentile 1. Liam Johnston JR Chattanooga Scotland .9876 2. Lars van Meijel FR Memphis Netherlands .9835 3. Ben Rusch SR Virginia Switzerland .9759 4. Julien Brun JR TCU France .9743 5. Sebastian Cappelen SR Arkansas Denmark .9735 6. Greg Eason SR UCF England .9619 7. Ricardo Gouveia SR UCF Portugal .9552 8. Pep Angles JR Central Arkansas Spain .9544 9. Rowin Caron SO Florida State Netherlands .9510 10. Joel Stalter SR California France .9463 11. Jon Rahm SO Arizona State Spain .9463 12. Thomas Detry SO Illinois Belgium .9453 13. Toni Hakula SR Texas Finland .9443 14. Erik Oja SR Arizona Sweden .9419 15. Ryan Fricker SO Bethune-Cookman England .9279 16. David Boote SO Stanford Wales .9185 17. Emilio Cuartero SR Missouri Spain .9181 18. Matthias Schwab FR Vanderbilt Austria .9104 19. Ben Wheeler JR Coastal Carolina England .9010 20. Thomas Sorensen JR Arkansas Denmark .8971 21. Ben Stow SR Kentucky England .8962 22. Victor Perez JR New Mexico France .8922 23. Grant Forrest JR San Diego Scotland .8919 24. James Newton SO Central Arkansas England .8914 25. Rhys Pugh JR East Tenn State Wales .8831