JHS alum Austin Cook named a honorable mention Ping All-American

FAYETTEVILLE, AR (UofA) - Sophomore Austin Cook and freshman Sebastian Cappelen of the University of Arkansas men's golf team were each named honorable mention Ping All-Americans by the Golf Coaches Association of America on Thursday.

The All-America honor for Cappelen is his second of the year as he was named a third-team selection by Golfweek earlier this spring while Cook takes his first All-America honor  The pair were two of 26 players named to Ping's honorable mention squad.

"I am really proud of both these guys," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said.  "I've said this before, but Sebastian had an unbelievable year and should continue to grow as a person and player.  Austin found his groove a little later in the season, but once he did was as good as anyone on the golf course.  His play at the NCAA Championships was outstanding and I can't wait until we get these guys back on campus for next year."

Cappelen led the Razorbacks in stroke average this season at 71.79, a total that ranks fifth on Arkansas' all-time single season charts. Over the course of 13 tournaments, 38 rounds, he shot just 18-over par and had six top 10 finishes including a victory at the Seminole Intercollegiate.  Cappelen's outstanding year was capped with a school record tournament score of 199, 17-under par, which he shot at the Border Olympics.

Cook ranked fourth on the squad in stroke average this season at 73.40, but did have four tournaments where he shot either at or under par and had seven top 20 finishes in 12 tournaments.  The Jonesboro, Ark., native was at his best at the end of the season as he tied for 14th at the NCAA Southeast Regional with a score of three-under par and tied for 10th at the NCAA Championships.  His best finish on the year came at the Cabo Collegiate where his four-under par score tied for second.