Denmark’s Sebastian Cappelen begins the 2013 golf year with a significant step towards the top 20 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Cappelen, the world’s top Danish amateur, moves up eight places to start the year after winning the Patriot All-America tournament on the Gold Course at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Arizona.
The University of Arkansas player left it late to pull of the victory. Locked in a tie with Kevin Penner on 3-under-par, the 22-year-old Dane hit an 8-iron approach to 15 feet on the 440-yard finishing hole and holed the birdie putt to break the deadlock.
Rounds of 68, 70 and 68 gave Cappelen a four round total of 206, 4-under-par. Penner finished alone in second place, while 36-hole leader Jimmy Kozikowski and Daniel Berger tied for third two shots off the lead.
Cappelen moves to 21st in the world, 65 spots higher than Danish number two Thomas Sorensen. Penner breaks into this week’s top 20 after a move of four places to 20th. Berger improves one spot to 31st, while Kozikowski climbs 706 places to 1,510th in the world.
Cappelen isn’t the only Scandinavian celebrating a move up the world ranking to start the year. Finland’s Toni Hakula also begins 2013 with a leap up the WAGR table after winning the New Year’s Invitational.
Hakula shot a final round 68 at St Petersburg County Club in Florida to post a four round total of 276, 12-under-par, and win the title by four shots over Joshua White. Hakula, a student at the University of Texas, climbs 38 places this week to world number 121. White jumps 60 spots to 184th.
Finally, Norway’s Kristoffer Ventura breaks into this week’s top 100 by moving four places to world number 97.
The Vikings are coming.
Isabelle Lendl proved she has father Ivan’s will to win with victory in the Dixie Amateur Championship. She begins 2013 with a significant move up the World Amateur Golf Ranking as a result.
Ivan Lendl won eight grand slam tennis championships in his time, some thanks to a never say die attitude. Daughter Isabelle showed that same quality when she came from five shots behind in the final round to win her third important title in the space of five months.
The University of Florida student trailed 17-year-old Carly Rae Goldstein with 18 holes to play, but posted a closing 66 to win by four strokes from Goldstein and Cindy Feng.
Earlier rounds of 74, 70 and 68 helped Lendl to a 12-under-par, four round total of 278. She climbs 121 places to start the year 124th on the WAGR table. Goldstein jumps 190 spots to world number 1,238. Feng improves 84 places to 238th.
Erynne Lee climbs eight places this week to 22nd in the world after finishing low individual in the Copa de las Americas at Doral, Florida. The United States player returned rounds of 73, 75, 71 and 72 over the Blue Monster course for a four round total of 291, 3-over-par. She teamed with Lindy Duncan as the United States took the team title by a shot over Canada.
Gabriela Lopez of Mexico finished a shot behind Lee as second lowest individual. Canadian Brooke Mackenzie Henderson finished third, a further shot behind. Lopez moves inside this week’s top 100, climbing 44 places to 97th. Henderson improves three places to 38th.
Grace Lennon of Australia is the only player this week to break into the 20. She moves three spots to 18th.
Two players break into the top 50. Argentina’s Maria Olivero climbs 48 places to world number 42, while Charlotte Thomas of England improves 14 places to 47th.