FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Freshman Sebastian Cappelen of the University of Arkansas men’s golf team won a third match for Team Europe at the prestigious Palmer Cup at the Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn., but despite his three points during the course of the tournament, the United States retained the cup with a 13-11 victory.
Cappelen was one of just two European golfers to play a part in three victories for the team and was joined by Nils Floren of Texas Tech. Each player won both of their singles matches and picked up a single victory when paired with a teammate for foursomes or four ball.
For the second straight day, Cappelen saved his best for No. 18 as he picked up the victory on the last hole with a birdie over Russell Henley of Georgia. While Friday’s match between the two players was dominated by Henley, Saturday’s contest featured plenty of back-and-forth play.
Cappelen took a lead on the first hole and was up by two after the third hole. Henley came charging back with victories on holes four and five to make the match all square, then took the sixth hole to take the lead. Cappelen would again make the match all square on eight, then took the lead on nine only to see Henley win No. 10 and make the match all square once more. A birdie by Cappelen on 12 was countered by a birdie on 13 by Henley and the two players went stroke for stroke as they stepped onto the tee box on 18. Cappelen would birdie the hole for the second straight day to take the victory and earn his squad one of the two-and-a-half points they earned on the final day of competition.
At the Arkansas State Golf Association stroke play championships at Shadow Valley Country Club in Rogers, Ark., sophomore Austin Cook had a tough day as he shot four-over par, 76. In a tie for fourth entering the second round, Cook ran off a string of seven straight holes of par in the middle of his round, but several bogeys and a double bogey on 18 ruined what might have been a decent day. Cook will have his work cut out for him if he wishes to retain his 2010 stroke play title in the final round which begins Sunday morning.