Colt Knost, a key member of the US Walker Cup team's recent victory at Royal County Down, is the inaugural winner of the Mark H McCormack Medal as the No 1 player in The R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking, an award he received shortly before joining the professional ranks.

Knost, a recent graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, is only the second player, after Ryan Moore, to win the US Amateur Public Links and the US Amateur Championships in the same year.  The 22 year-old has spent the past five weeks at the top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Knost was the only player to take part in all four matches without defeat in this year's Walker Cup and finished the joint leading points scorer for the event with three points out of a possible four.  He also played in the Byron Nelson Championship in April this year where he shot a second round 64 to finish tied for 67th place.

The Mark H McCormack Medal was introduced by The R&A earlier this year to recognise the leading player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and will be awarded annually.

The WAGR is produced by R&A Championships Limited as the global eligibility standard for entry into The Amateur Championship and as a service to amateur golf worldwide. The ranking is a weekly table of playing performance for the world’s top 1,300 amateur players in 550 ranking events.  The ranking was launched in January 2007 after a

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