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Burcin Blogs: From the Palmer Cup Day 1

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100_3835TEAM USAThumb.jpgA wonderful week of Palmer Cup activities got off to a great start yesterday with the first practice round for Team USA. The competition is being contested at the Stanwich Club in Stamford, Conn., which is a traditional layout with quick, bent grass greens. 

With another practice round today our guys are feeling more and more comfortable on the golf course. 

This team representing the USA this week is an honor to be apart of for us as coaches. On our team of eight we have three 2011 U.S. Open Qualifiers, the D-I and D-II players of the year, the No. 1 rated college player in the country, and a Nationwide Tour event winner as an amateur, just a few weeks ago. More importantly, these kids are very grateful of the opportunity and so appreciative for the royal treatment we have been given this week.

Before the intensity rises tomorrow morning I was fortunate to experience one of the greatest afternoons anyone in golf could ask for. After a private meeting with Mr. Arnold Palmer in our team locker room, Mr. Palmer joined myself, team USA head coach Tim Poe, and the European coaching staff for lunch.

The opportunity to enjoy 90 minutes with the "King", one-on-one, is right up there in regards to sports highlights. He was more gracious than could be asked for, and made any nerves we had regarding such a meeting disappear quickly. Just as exciting was Mr. Palmer's enthusiasm for the new opportunity at the University of Wisconsin. It is hard to describe such an incredible afternoon and what an unbelievable start to a terrific week ahead.
 
I look forward to periodically updating Badger supporters on the Palmer Cup and hopefully a victorious USA Team!

May all your putts fall
- Coach Burcin

NOTE: New University of Wisconsin head men's golf coach Michael Burcin is serving as an assistant coach with the Palmer Cup team. An assistant at South Carolina the past seven years, Burcin was named head coach at Wisconsin on May 31.
 
Burcin was named the 2010 Golf Coaches Association of America's Jan Strickland Assistant Coach of the Year. In April he was selected to serve as an assistant at the 2011 Palmer Cup, a Ryder Cup-style competition as teams of collegiate golfers from the United States and Europe square off in a three-day match play event.


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