WAYZATA, Minn. – Freshman Sebastian Cappelen began his University of Arkansas men’s golf career with a bang as he shot four-under par over 72 holes to finish second overall at the Gopher Invitational and pace the Razorbacks to a third-place team finish.
After rounds of 73 and 67 on Sunday, Cappelen wrapped up his first collegiate tournament with an even par, 72, to finish the three rounds with a score of 212. Cappelen’s final round of play did not have many of the peaks and valleys it did on the first two rounds, but instead was remarkably consistent with three bogeys and three birdies. Cappelen was never worse than one-over par on the day as he carded a one-over 37 on the front nine, but backed it up with a one under on the back nine.
"I thought that we came out and competed well," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. "Sebastian played great over the past two days and you can definitely see that he has the makings of a very good collegiate player. I am eager to see what he will do as we continue through the fall. The competition to qualify for this tournament was very intense and I expect that to continue throughout the season."
As a team, Arkansas placed third, the same position they held coming into the final day. Tied with UNC-Charlotte entering the final round, the Razorbacks posted the fourth best team score of the day at 301, one ahead of Charlotte who concluded the three-round affair at 26-over par, one stroke behind Arkansas. LSU won the first tournament of the fall season with a score of 869, five-over par.
Sophomore Austin Cook tied for 18th overall and was Arkansas’ No. 2 finisher in the tournament despite his worst round on Monday. Cook had to overcome a triple bogey on the par three fourth and managed to finish his round at five-over par with two birdies, four bogeys and the triple. The top 20 finish for Cook is the fourth of his career.
Carding Arkansas’ second best round of the day for the second time at the Gopher was senior Jamie Marshall. Marshall tied for 26th overall with a final round of 76, four-over par, a round that could have been much better had he not posted a double bogey on 14. Marshall was even through nine holes with a birdie and bogey and four over on the back side of the course despite two birdies on the par five holes.
Tobias Pettersson also shot 76 over the final round, his best of the three. Pettersson, a sophomore, was three-over par at the turn but battled back to knock in two birdies over his final nine to finish the round at four over. Posting bogeys in each of the first two rounds on the par four 15th, Pettersson notched one of his birdies on the hole to move him to three over for the round at the time.
Rounding out the Razorbacks’ participation at the Gopher was junior Ethan Tracy who had a rough day in the conditions and shot a seven-over par, 79. Tracy recorded two birdies in his round, but a trifecta of double bogeys left him outside Arkansas’ scoring for the day.
The Razorbacks get next weekend off from competition before traveling to the Cabo Collegiate, Oct. 2-4.
Download: Gopher Invite Final Results.pdf