18-year-old, David Law, has become the first player to win both the Scottish Boys and the Scottish Amateur Matchplay in the same year. He completed the double with victory at Royal Troon Golf Club over Paul O’Hara, 22.
Having trailed by two after 19 holes of the 36-hole final, Law looked second-favourite for the title but he rallied to bring it back to all-square on the 29th. And though the teenager watched a putt to win on the 18th green slide by, he was not left to rue that missed chance for too long, with victory coming courtesy of good up-and-down at the second extra hole.
Law, the most promising product of the Paul Lawrie Foundation so far, jumps 252 places to WAGRank 371. O’Hara, meanwhile, gets some consolation from a 42-place leap to WAGRank 85 and selection as first reserve for the 2009 GB&I Walker Cup final squad.
Joining Law at next week’s Boys Amateur Championship at Royal St George’s is Romain Wattel of France. Week 31 saw him rise 65 places up the Ranking to 109th after winning the Championnat de France Cadets at Golf du Touquet.
And they will be both be taking on the pre-tournament favourite, Italy’s Matteo Manassero, who has also gained a Ranking place this week. He’s up one to WAGRank 3.
Elsewhere, GB&I Walker Cup final squad member, Luke Goddard, took the English Amateur after defeating Farren Keenan 3&2 in the final at Rye Golf Club.
“I’m thrilled to be champion,” said Goddard. “This was a tough match. I played solid and Farren was holing putts from everywhere. The holes around the turn won it for me; three birdies in four holes was the key.”
Goddard strides 11 places up to WAGRank 6.
In St. Andrews, Australia, Jordan Sherratt captured the Barrett Amateur Championship, pipping South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli in a sudden-death play-off. After 72 holes of the Algonquin Golf Course both players were locked at five-under-par. But an approach to within a foot by the 2009 Riversdale Cup champion at the first extra hole made sure of victory for the South Australian.
Sherratt enters the Top 100 at WAGRank 86, while Frittelli is up eight to 126th.
At The Gallery Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona, the USA’s Chan Kim, 19, emerged triumphant from an elite field of players. The Arizona State sophmore carded a final-round 68 (four-under-par) for a 72-hole total of 271, giving him both the title and an 85-place jump to WAGRank 102.
And finally, Rickie Fowler is back into the WAGR Top 5 after narrowly missing out on a Nationwide Tour victory. Having led for the majority of the final day, Fowler bogeyed the 72nd to slip into a play-off, which he lost at the second extra hole to Tour debutant Derek Lamely.
Canada’s Nick Taylor remains WAGR Number One.