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Frankie Capan is up next

As a kid growing up, Frankie Capan III was always athletic.

Capan played almost every sport imaginable but quickly fell in love with football and golf.

“We would hang around the golf cups and he would roll them in. He had a love for getting the objects in the target.” Capan’s dad Frank said.

Capan was quickly able to develop this skill at an early age due to living on a golf course. With a golf course directly in his neighborhood, Capan was able to advance his game at an early age.

When he turned six, he met Tom Lamen, a professional golfer who was friends with Frankie’s dad. Lamen watched Frankie putt on his golf course and was blown away with his skillset.

“Later on in that year, our friend who played professionally was golfing with Frankie and he was 20th in the world and they had a putting competition and Frankie beat him.” Frankie’s dad said.  

It was at this moment were Frankie’s dad knew his son was special. He decided to insert Capan in local ametuer golfing tournaments.

However, the tournaments Capan was competing in weren’t good enough; as he dominated his competitors. His dad made the decision, to have Capan compete nationally.

“I always won events in my home state against kids who were older than me. I was beating kids who were from 12 years old to 14 before I was 10.” Capan said.

At the age of 8, Capan started traveling nationally to the top tournaments in the world.

Since he started competing nationally, Capan made a name for himself. At the IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego he finished within the top 3 and top 5 for three consecutive years.

Also at the United States Kids World Championship in Pinehurst, North Carolina, Capan finished in the top 3 and top 5 for four consecutive years.  

These are the two of the top golf tournaments for youth golfers in the world.

Capan also appeared in the US Junior Amateur Championship in Houston, Texas,. As the second youngest in the tournament, Capan performed at a high level in front of many college coaches.

This put Capan on college’s radar and he also earned a birth in the Puerto Rico Tour Event.

This PGA tournament was Capan’s first time playing against professional golfers and he learned a lot from this experience.

As a result of Capan’s hard work, he is currently ranked as the No. 4 mens junior golfer in the world per JuniorGolfScoreboard.

As Capan continued to get older, the college recruiting process started to pick up. Due to NCAA rules, colleges are not able to contact recruits until the fall of their junior year, however some recruits commit to a school as early as the age of 12.

Capan decided to go through his process different.

He visited many schools and formed great relationships with many coaches. In golf, college recruiting is much different as the golfer must show interest into the school first. Capan decided to show interest to Alabama, Southern Methodist University, and Baylor.

After much consideration, Capan chose to commit to Alabama in Nov. of 2017.

“I prayed about it, and picked Alabama because I loved the coaches on the staff,” he said.

Capan currently has close relationships with the Crimson Tide’s golf team, a key reason in his decision to commit. At Alabama, Capan plans on studying business and wants to minor in athletic training or communications.

“My goal is to win a national championship for Coach [Jay] Seawell and Coach [Jon] Howell.”

 

Isaiah Cromer

Isaiah is a sophomore Broadcast Journalism major at the University of Maryland College Park. Isaiah is a recruiting writer, editor, apart of TLB TV, and also has his own radio show on WMUC Sports.
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Isaiah is a sophomore Broadcast Journalism major at the University of Maryland College Park. Isaiah is a recruiting writer, editor, apart of TLB TV, and also has his own radio show on WMUC Sports.