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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Junior Sebastian Cappelen, senior Austin Cook and freshman Taylor Moore of the No. 13 University of Arkansas men's golf team were each honored by the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday with the announcement of the league's annual men's golf awards.
Cappelen was named first-team All-SEC while Cook claimed a share of the league's Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Moore was named to the All-Freshman team and named a co-Freshman of the Year.
"I am very proud of each of these young men and what they have been able to do both on the course and in the classroom this year," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said.
"While first-team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman team honors are wonderful, I am even more excited for Austin and Taylor for their Scholar-Athlete and Freshman of the Year honors. The Southeastern Conference is the best men's golf league in the nation and to be recognized as some of the best players in that league is a testament to the hard work that goes on every day on the course and in the classroom."
Cappelen, the SEC individual medalist at the conference championship, earned his second first-team all-league honor and third All-SEC accolade in three years. For the year he has a team best 72.21 stroke average over 10 tournaments and has four top 10 and seven top 20 finishes to his credit. His career stroke average of 72.05 is a school record by a half stroke over Craig Lile (72.55). During the winter break, Cappelen won the prestigious Patriot All-American and finished second at the Western Refining and recently was named to his third European Palmer Cup team.
Cook earned the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor for the second straight season making him just the third individual to accomplish that task since the award's inception. Arkansas' No. 2 individual in terms of stroke average (73.19), Cook has also earned a 3.83 cumulative grade point average in biology and last year was a GTE Capital One Academic All-District VI first-team selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America and is a nominee for the award again this spring. Cook's best finish this season came at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational when he tied for second with a three-round score of two-over par.
Earning Arkansas' fourth SEC Freshman of the Year award, Moore has played beyond his years during the spring season with four top 25 finishes in six events and two tournaments under par. He joins the likes of Bud Still (1993), Steven Bright (1994) and Lile (1998) as Arkansas players to be named the Freshman of the Year and is the sixth player in school history to earn All-Freshman team honors. Moore had a rough first day at the SEC Championship, but bounced back to play the course at two-over par over the final 36 holes amid brutal conditions and tied for 27th at the event. The Edmond, Okla., native has two top 10 finishes to his credit this season and a stroke average of 73.87.
The Razorbacks return to the course on Thursday, May 16, when they host the NCAA Fayetteville Regional at Blessings. Arkansas will find out who its opponents are on Monday, May 6, when the NCAA announces its regional assignments.