Luke Goddard has won the Campeonato Argentino de Aficionados at Nordelta Golf Club, Argentina, and has risen 53 places to occupy WAGRank 45. After a disappointing performance at the recent Copa Juan Carlos Tailhade, the Englishman, a member of the provisional GB&I squad for the 2009 Walker Cup, came back in fine style to beat Leandro Marelli of Argentina 4&3. Goddard enters the WAGR Top 50 for the first time and takes a place in English amateur golf’s top five.
On the other side of the world at the New Zealand Interprovincials, after helping the Bay of Plenty to victory, Troy Ropiha, like Goddard, is rewarded with a place in the WAGR Top 50. The Taupo amateur, who has an exemption into the final stage of qualifying for the PGA Australian Tour, moves up 45 places to WAGRank 48. Ropiha is now second only to Danny Lee in New Zealand.
Staying in the Antipodes, Bryden Macpherson led from start to finish taking the Dunes Medal at The Dunes Links in Victoria, Australia. Carding two rounds under 65, including a nine under-par 63, Macpherson’s victory catapults the Australian up the WAGRankings from number 633 to number 336. Also performing well at the Dunes Medal was fellow Australian Nick Cullen whose second place finish sees him jump 53 places to enter the WAGR Top 200 at number 197.
Still at number one is New Zealand’s Danny Lee who, at this week’s Australian Open, will attempt to become first amateur since Aaron Baddeley in 1999 to win the Stonehaven Cup. In four professional tournaments the Korean-born amateur has made three cuts including an eleventh place finish at the recent Australian Masters. Lee’s caddie for the Australian masters, Michael Waite, who will be on the bag for both Michael Campbell and Robert Allenby next year said, "If he wins this week I wouldn't be surprised."