Burcin Blogs: From the Palmer Cup Day 2

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"Heat wave strikes the northeast" was the heading in today's paper as Team USA began play in the 2011 Palmer Cup. At 7:30 a.m., with Arnold Palmer on the first tee, we began our quest to retain the cup.

Temperatures hovered around 100 all day in Stamford, Conn., as we embarked on our 36 hole march. The crowd turnout was impressive as well while being a weekday and with temperatures soaring. Morning matches consisted of best ball of partners while the afternoon was contested over the always-demanding alternate shot format.

Our guys showed a lot of heart this morning after not getting off to a solid start. By late in the back nine we were in control of three matches and finished the morning session 3-1. The afternoon was just as simmering and the storms could not hold off. At 4:15 p.m. play was suspended and we never resumed.

Tomorrow morning will be another early morning while we complete round two matches and begin our first round of singles. We are certainly looking to pad our lead as we enter into the always-unpredictable singles format.

It is really hard to put into words what an experience this is going to be when it ends. The opportunity to spend a week with eight of the best amateurs in the world in a team setting is amazing!

When those match-winning putts are sank, there is a level of joy and comradery shared by the entire team that cannot be enjoyed during individual golf.

Today I also spent several minutes thinking about what we can accomplish at Wisconsin. There is nothing better than the "big stage" and the situations that present themselves where sought after goals can be attained. Winning with USA on your chest is certainly one of those as well as the opportunity to have the nation take notice of Wisconsin Badger golf!

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 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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