During his time playing for the University of Arkansas, senior golfer and three-time PING All-American Sebastian Cappelen has broken many program records and continues to finish well in many tournaments worldwide, taking the Razorback name with him.
Born and raised in Odense, Denmark, the 23-year-old is quickly becoming the overall top performer in Arkansas men’s golf history. While he had tremendous success as a teen in Denmark on their national team, he has gained more skill and recognition since he came to America to join the Razorbacks.
Cappelen began making noise and stirring up the Arkansas men’s golf program his freshman year when he became the first player in program history to break 200 in three rounds (or over 54 holes) by shooting 17-under par (69-64-66) at the Border Olympics, which got him second place in the tournament.
Not only has Cappelen achieved personal success and milestones, but his personal success has transferred over to the University and has sparked an interest in men’s golf that has been lost by the student body over the past five years.
As a junior, Cappelen reached one of those personal milestones when he became only the second player in program history to win the Southeastern Conference Individual Championship, with a final round four-shot deficit with a four-under 66.
His final scorecard at the SEC Championship was an outstanding 69(-1)-67(-3)-66(-4)/202(-8) which was the best second-best 54-hole score in program history.
“That kind of put the dot over the ‘i,’” Cappelen said previously of his win. “It’s what I’ve been working for the last three years and it’s just a relief to finally get to where I want to be.”
Cappelen is also the program’s all-time leader in overall stroke average with a 72. This season individually, he leads the team with an impressive average of 71.3 at the end of the regular season, which is the highest single season stroke average in program history.
In two of his previous three seasons, he has led in stroke averages, and all three seasons made it into the program’s top 10. This season’s averages will join the previous in the record book.
Cappelen is currently ranked 20th in the NCAA by “Golfstat”and sixth by the “World Amateur Golf Ranking.”He has helped the Razorbacks as a team reach the current rank of 21st in the NCAA.
He has recently been ranked No. 5 for the Europe team on the 2014 Palmer Cup rankings, guaranteeing him a spot in the tournament this summer for the fourth consecutive year.
“The Palmer Cup is just an honor to play and of course you want to win it, but it’s more the acknowledgment of playing well throughout the year and being selected on the team,” Cappelen said.
The Denmark native will once again represent his homeland in the Palmer Cup, but he will also be representing the Razorbacks in the international tournament.
Currently tied for second in career wins with three, the reigning SEC Champion looks to slide into the top spot in the program as he heads into the offseason.
In addition to dominating on the fairways, the Scandinavian golfer has also consistently won accolade for his success in the classroom, as he is pursuing a degree in economics.
Cappelen has helped to reignite interest in golf across campus and has helped reestablish acclamation for the Razorbacks’ golf program worldwide.
The Hogs will be sad to see him leave, but will always be proud of his past and future accomplishments individually, as well as everything he has done to help the University of Arkansas men’s golf team and program over the last four years.