March 5, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia's Joey Garber is the nation's top-rated golfer and sits atop the first Palmer Cup ranking of the spring, according to announcements Wednesday by Golfstat.com and the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Garber, a senior from Petoskey, Mich., moved to the top of the Golfstat.com Head-To-Head Player Standings on Wednesday. According to Golfstat's figures, Garber is 38-2 this season when playing in tournaments that also feature players ranked in the top 100 nationally.
The GCAA used the Golfstat.com ratings as a base to determine its first Palmer Cup ranking. The Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup-style event that pits the top 10 American golfers against their European counterparts. The 2014 Palmer Cup will be held in June at Walton Heath Golf Club in England.
The top six golfers in the GCAA's Palmer Cup ranking at season's end will earn automatic berths to the event. Another four golfers will be added later.
The Palmer Cup ranking awards bonus points for wins and high finishes and negative points for poor finishes. The ranking also contains a strength of schedule component. The next Palmer Cup ranking will be released March 19.
Garber has finished first, second, third and fourth in four of Georgia's five events this season and he was in the top 20 in the other. He won The Invitational at The Ocean Course in October. Garber has a scoring average of 69.47 this year.
Garber and the Bulldogs will return to action Friday through Sunday in the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas.