Germany’s Stephan Gross has entered the WAGR Top 5 after recording his first individual collegiate victory at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational at Karsten Golf Course, Tempe, Arizona. The Arizona State sophomore’s three-round total of 210 (three under-par) was enough to share Medalist honours with New Mexico’s Steve Saunders at the event which, in 1991 and 1992, was won by Phil Mickleson. Current European Amateur champion, Gross, is up three places to WAGRank 4, as well as being named ASU’s Athlete of the Week. Steve Saunders jumps 154 places to WAGRank 191.
Currently occupying the position immediately above Gross, Spain’s Jorge Campillo was in action last week and took first place at the Hoosier Invitational. A ten under-par 203 gave the Indiana University senior his third victory this season and his ninth in a record-breaking collegiate career which has seen him overtake PGA Tour player, Jeff Overton, who recorded eight victories while at IU. Although Campillo remains WAGRanked 3 after the victory, his performance, which only included one bogey in 54 holes of golf, is sure to turn heads.
Entering the Top 50 in Week 15 is University of Alabama freshman, Bud Cauley, after taking the United States Collegiate at The Golf Club of Georgia. His four under-par total of 212 earns him a first collegiate win, shared with UCLA’s Erik Flores. Both were five under after the first two rounds before going shot for shot with final-day 73s. Cauley improves his ranking by 32 places to take WAGRank 44, while Flores is up five to 15.
Finally, there was action in St Andrews last week at the R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament over 54 holes of St Andrews’ Eden and Old courses. Stirling’s Paul Betty shot a four under-par 68 on the final day to take the title by one shot, ahead of Milan’s Leonardo Motta. Betty is rewarded with a place in the European team which will face the USA’s best college golfers at Cherry Hills Country Club, Colorado, in this year’s Palmer Cup.