England’s Tom Lewis has rocketed into the Top 100 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking after his success at the Boys Amateur Championship. After six gruelling days at Royal St George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, it was 18-year-old Lewis who came out on top having defeated his Jacques Leglise Trophy team-mate, Eddie Pepperell, 5&4 in the 36-hole final. As a result, Lewis leaps 124 places to WAGRank 73. Pepperell also enters the Top 100, up 70 to 94th.
Meanwhile, University of Illinois sophomore, Luke Guthrie, took the Illinois State Amateur at Bloomington Country Club. Having started the day five strokes adrift, the 19-year-old produced a three-under-par back-nine for final-round 65 and a one-shot victory. On the back of his victory, Guthrie slices his ranking in half from 325th to WAGRank 143.
And at another state amateur, the Colorado Stroke Play, Steve Ziegler took the honours after back-to-back 67s carried him to a three-stroke victory. The Stanford junior, who was the best performing American at the 2009 Amateur Championship, becomes the first player since Brandt Jobe in 1985 to win both the Colorado Match Play and Stroke Play titles in the same season. He is rewarded with a WAGRanking of 37.
In South Africa, Adrian Ford registered his first tournament victory of 2009 at the Southern Cape Open at Knysna; a final round of 67 carrying the South African to a two-stroke victory over his compatriot Nicol Van Wyk. Ford makes a 10-place stride up the Ranking to 27th while Van Wyk continues to occupy WAGRank 7.
Canada’s Nick Taylor remains the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.