LITCHFIELD PARK, ARIZ. (Dec. 31, 2012) – Aaron Flores improved from a first round 40th place and a second round 38th place to finish in 21st place in the Patriot All-America Invitational Monday afternoon.
Sebastian Cappelen birdied the 18th hole for a one-shot victory on the Gold Course at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Ariz. Cappelen's three-round 4-under bested Kevin Penner by one stroke.
Flores played alongside Trey Valentine of the University of South Florida and Kyle Kochevar of the University of Virginia. Flores played in honor of Army Pfc. Brian K. Grant.
Flores, a senior at OLLU, shot a first round 74 and a second round 73. On the final day, he shot a 70 to finish at 217, 11 strokes behind first place.
Cody Proveaux began the day in the lead but bogeys on two of the first three holes knocked him out of the top spot. Jimmy Kozikowski posted an eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie stretch beginning on the fourth hole to move to 5-under for the tournament but three bogeys on the back nine dropped him back to 2-under.
Meanwhile, Cappelen began the round three shots back in third place. He birdied the second hole to move to 3-under for the tournament but bogeyed the next two. Birdies at Nos. 6, 10 and 13 catapulted Cappelen to a tie for the lead at 4-under. He fell back to 3-under after a bogey at 14. Penner moved into a tie with Cappelen after a birdie at No. 17.
On No. 18 Cappelen's tee shot went right into the rough. His approach shot from 165 yards carried towards the water and landed right but rolled towards the pin coming to rest at 15 feet. Cappelen's birdie putt moved him back to 4-under for the win.
Daniel Berger and Kozikowski tied for third at 2-under. Richard James, Cody Proveaux and Ollie Schniederjans finished in a three-way tie for fifth at 1-under 209.
The Arizona Golf Association, the Wigwam and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) have partnered with the Folds of Honor Foundation to host the tournament. The 54-hole amateur event features 84 of the nation's top men's collegiate golfers. After the tournament, each player will take home a golf bag with the name and branch of service of a fallen military member whom they have represented. The bags will be auctioned off with all proceeds designated for the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation.
For more information, visit www.patriotallamerica.com.
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Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant