Former FGCU Golfer Frankie Capan Qualifies for US Open
Frankie Capan, a former Florida Gulf Coast University golfer, recently qualified for the upcoming US Open. The US Open is a major championship in men’s professional golf, and it is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world. Qualifying for this event is an achievement in itself, and Capan was able to earn his spot in the field through hard work and dedication. In this article, we will take a closer look at Capan’s journey to the US Open and what it means for him and the university he once represented.
Who is Frankie Capan?
Frankie Capan is a professional golfer who grew up in Minnesota. He played golf for Edina High School and won the Minnesota State High School Championship in 2016. After graduating from high school, Capan went on to play college golf at Florida Gulf Coast University. During his time at FGCU, Capan was a two-time ASUN Conference Golfer of the Year and a three-time All-Conference selection. He helped lead the Eagles to two ASUN Conference Championships and two NCAA Regional appearances.
After his successful college career, Capan turned pro in 2020. He has played on various mini tours and has had some success, including a win at the 2021 Florida Elite Golf Tour’s Indian Bayou Classic.
How did Capan Qualify for the US Open?
Capan qualified for the US Open through the sectional qualifying process. This process includes two rounds of qualifying, one local and one sectional. The local qualifying is open to any golfer with a handicap of 1.4 or lower, while the sectional qualifying is reserved for those who advance from the local stage or are exempt from it.
Capan qualified for the sectional stage by competing in the local qualifying event at The Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison, Illinois. He shot a 4-under-par 68 to finish in a tie for third place and advance to the sectionals.
At the sectional qualifying event, Capan played at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland. He shot rounds of 68 and 72 for a 4-under-par total, putting him in a tie for eighth place and earning him one of the 16 qualifying spots available at that site.
What does Capan’s Qualification Mean for FGCU?
Capan’s qualification for the US Open is a big moment for both him and FGCU. It puts him on the national stage and gives exposure to the university he once represented. It also shows that FGCU is capable of producing quality golfers who can compete at the highest levels of the sport.
FGCU has only been playing Division I golf since 2008, but the program has already had some notable achievements. In addition to Capan’s success, former FGCU golfer Derek Lamely won the 2010 Puerto Rico Open on the PGA Tour. These accomplishments help raise the profile of the university and its golf program.
What are Capan’s Chances at the US Open?
Capan will be competing against some of the best golfers in the world at the US Open, so his chances of winning are slim. However, just qualifying for the event is a major accomplishment, and Capan should be proud of what he has achieved.
Capan’s game is well-suited to the challenges of major championship golf. He is a strong ball-striker and has a solid all-around game. If he can stay focused and play to his potential, he could have a good showing at the US Open.
What’s Next for Capan?
Capan’s next focus will be preparing for the US Open. He will need to get familiar with the course, develop a game plan, and work on any weaknesses in his game. He will also need to stay mentally focused and avoid getting caught up in the hype surrounding the event.
After the US Open, Capan will continue to play on various mini tours with the goal of eventually earning his PGA Tour card. He has the talent and work ethic to make it happen, and his qualification for the US Open is a big step in the right direction.
Frankie Capan’s qualification for the US Open is a big moment for him and FGCU. It shows that the university is capable of producing top-level golfers and helps raise the profile of the program. Capan’s chances of winning the US Open are slim, but just qualifying for the event is a major achievement. We wish him the best of luck in his preparations and hope to see him continue to succeed in his professional golf career.