What a WAGR week! In the first movement we’ve seen in the Top 3 for some time, Australia’s Scott Arnold has displaced both Jorge Campillo and Rickie Fowler to move into WAGRank 2 after winning the Australian Amateur, arguably the biggest win of his career to date. Arnold beat Daniel Beckmann 3&1 in the final to add to an impressive list of elite amateur victories which include the 2006 Hong Kong Amateur Open, the 2008 Riversdale Cup and the 2009 Lake Macquarie Amateur.
“Obviously winning your national amateur title is fantastic,” said the 23-year-old after he was presented with the trophy at Royal Queensland Golf Club. When asked about his next goal, he replied: “I really want to win the Amateur Championship. It’s one thing I’ve always wanted to win since the first time I went there and played at Royal Lytham. I’ll have a good break now and try and peak for that.”
In Sotogrande, Spain, at the European Nations Cup, England’s Sam Hutsby was crowned individual champion after carding rounds of 69, 69, 65 and 71 (274) at the Copa Real Golf Club. The 20-year-old from Liphook has had a great start to the season and will look to continue this good run of form as he aims for a GB&I place in this September’s Walker Cup. As a result of his victory, Hutsby moves up one place in the WAGRanking to enter the Top 5.
An equally impressive Week 13 performance came from Canada’s Nick Taylor who took his third medalist honour of the season at the Oregon Duck invitational – the others being the CordeValle Collegiate and the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational. The University of Washington junior, who shot a final round 68 (four under par), made school history with the win, bettering the previous best of two collegiate wins in a season. Taylor is handsomely rewarded for the achievement, up seven places to WAGRank 10.
Finally, both congratulations and commiserations must go out to Singapore amateur Quincy Quek who narrowly missed out on an Open Championship place at International Final Qualifying – Asia on Wednesday. Quek, who finished two under par after 36 holes, entered a nine-man play-off for the fourth and final slot but missed out to Australia’s Tim Stewart; runner-up to Drew Weaver in The Amateur Championship 2007.
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