NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland – Sebastian Cappelen of the University of Arkansas men’s golf team begins his second year as a member of the European Palmer Cup team this week when he participates in the prestigious event being held at The Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle, Northern Ireland.
The Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup-style tournament that puts some of the best collegiate student-athletes from the United States and Europe against each other. Competition begins with a four ball round and is followed the same day with a round of foursome action. The tournament concludes with two straight days of singles matches.
Cappelen is scheduled to play with Julien Brun (TCU) in the four ball tournament and the tandem will face Derek Ernst (UNLV) and Corbin Mills (Clemson). Pairings for the foursome matches have not been determined. Last season, Cappelen went 3-1 in four rounds, winning both his singles matches as well as his foursome match. Despite his efforts, the United States won the 2011 Palmer Cup, 13-11, and the U.S. is seeking to win a third straight tournament for the first time in the history of the competition.
Royal County Down Golf Club was founded in 1889 and has been the host to numerous international tournaments over the years. The 7,186-yard course features several holes that call for players to carry more than 250 yards and the weather forecast for the event is rain on day one with 12 mph winds.