It might be some time before Denmark’s Sebastian Cappelen returns a score as good as the one he posted in the final round of the SEC Men’s Golf Championship. The Arkansas player returned a 4-under-par 66 to win the title by three shots and climb up this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.
In winds of between 20-30 miles per hour at Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia, Cappelen returned the lowest score of the final round. It was one of only two scores under par on the final day. Earlier rounds of 69 and 67 gave the 23-year-old a 54-hole total of 202, 8-under-par. It earned him a three-shot victory over Caleb Sturgeon of the University of South Carolina.
Cappelen was so in control of his game that he did not drop a shot in the final round. Indeed, the Dane went bogey free over his final 40 holes, and was eight-under-par for that stretch.
“I have never seen a player play as well as Sebastian did in all my years of coaching over the final 36 holes,” Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. “To shoot 66 today, in these conditions, is a credit to Sebastian’s ability.”
Cappelen climbs into this week’s WAGR top 50, improving 32 places to world number 23. He is the only Danish player in the world top 100. Sturgeon jumps 130 spots to world number 236.
Ireland’s Kevin Phelan joins Cappelen as the only other player to move into this week’s top 50. He climbs 11 places to 40th to help his chances of playing for Great Britain & Ireland in this year’s Walker Cup match.
England’s Ben Stow also helps his Walker Cup prospects by moving into the world top 100. He moves 19 places to world number 83.
Stephanie Meadow is setting records at the University of Alabama that might stand for a long time.
The Northern Ireland player won her sixth career college golf title with a peerless performance in the SEC Women’s Golf Championship. Rounds of 75, 69 and 72 gave the Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup star an even par, 54-hole total of 216, and a nine-shot victory over Sarah Harris of the University of Kentucky.
Meadow, in her third season at Alabama, holds the record for most victories in the history of the university. Her tally of six wins is two better than the previous record.
The Jordanstown, Northern Ireland player moves deeper inside the World Amateur Golf Ranking top 10. She improves three places this week to world number seven. Harris jumps 144 spots to 349th.
Brittany Altomare is the only player this week to break into the top 20. The United States player moves five places to 16th following victory in the ACC Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. The University of Virginia player returned rounds of 71, 70 and 76 for a 4-over-par total of 217 and a two shot victory over Duke University’s Laetitia Beck, who climbs 28 places this week to 111th on the WAGR table.
England’s Lauren Taylor earned her first college golf win with victory in the Big 12 Championship. The 2011 Ladies’ British Amateur champion, in her first year at Baylor University, won in some style. She was the only player to break par for 54 holes after scores of 74, 68 and 71 for a 3-under-par total of 213 and an eight shot victory. Taylor jumps 42 places this week to 110th.
Belgium’s Laura Gonzalez-Escallon improves 24 places this week to world number 67 after winning the Lady Buckeye Spring Invite.