At Prestwick Golf Club on the west coast of Scotland, Bermuda’s Robert Vallis triumphed at the 41st Seniors Open Amateur Championship by two shots. On a final day of fluctuating fortunes for the leading pack Vallis made his move with a one-under back nine, a crucial 24-foot birdie putt on the 17th to taking him into the outright lead on eight-over-par. Vallis earns an exemption for next year’s Senior Open Championship at Carnoustie as well as for next month’s US Seniors Amateur.
Across the Atlantic, the USA’s John Hahn has rocketed up 39 places into the WAGR Top 20 this week after winning the 107th Western Amateur at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Chicago. The Kent State University student secured a 3&2 victory over Zach Barlow in the final having established a three-hole lead early on that he never relinquished.
Hahn, whose university scholarship is sponsored by 2003 Open Champion, Ben Curtis, now joins an elite group of players to have won the Western including Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, the world number one describing it as “the Masters of amateur golf.”
In Europe, Maximilian Kieffer took the German Amateur Championship at Gut Kaden Golf und Land Club, Hamburg, with a 16-under-par total of 272. Kieffer, who reached the last 16 of The Amateur Championship at Formby this year, won the title by two shots from Michael Thannhauser. The German now jumps 46 places to WAGRank 107.
Meanwhile, at Hankley Common Golf Club just outside London, England won the Boys Home Internationals with a 12 – 3 victory over Ireland. Trailing the Irish by half-a-point going into the final day at the round-robin event, England found another gear, establishing a 4 -1 advantage after the morning foursomes before going on to dominate the afternoon singles.
Canada’s Nick Taylor remains WAGR Number 1.