Three-time Walker Cup player, Trip Kuehne won the US Mid-Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon and in so doing shot up the rankings to No 24 in The R&A’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. The 35-year-old Texan beat Dan Whitaker, ranked No 839, 9&7 having won four of the first six holes. Kuehne also tied for medallist in the stroke play qualifying with a two round total of 144. He admitted this victory had been a long time coming after being beaten by Tiger Woods in the final of the US Amateur in 1994. ““It’s been a long journey; one that started 13 years ago. I got the job done this time. It doesn’t get any better than this.”
Kuehne’s Walker Cup team-mate, Rickie Fowler who moved back to the top of the World Amateur Golf Rankings last week secured his maiden college victory at the Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields Country Club. In only his second collegiate event, the Oklahoma State freshman shot 70, 63, 70 to win by 1 stroke from Spaniard Jorge Campillo of Indiana University, a quarterfinalist in this year’s Amateur Championship.