Week 48 sees University of Alabama sophomore, Hunter Hamrick, threaten the WAGR Top 10 after taking medallist honours at the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic. Hamrick holed a birdie putt on the 18th hole at El Paso Country Club, Texas, to force a playoff with Oklahoma State’s Morgan Hoffmann who, after having birdied three of the previous four holes, could only make a par at the last.
At the par-4 first, the first extra hole, Hamrick stuck his approach on the 420-yard hole within 5 feet and made the birdie putt. Hoffmann’s bid from just inside Hamrick lipped out.
The Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is an invitational-only event that featured 32 All-Americans from last season. Hamrick now joins an exclusive list of past winners including David Duval (1991), Davis Love III (1984) and Tiger Woods (1995).
“All of the greats have won this event, including Tiger Woods. To win this tournament is a big deal. It really shows how good Hunter Hamrick is, and how good he can be,” said Alabama coach, Jay Seawell.
Hamrick’s victory lifts him 15 places to WAGRank 11, while Hoffmann, last season’s Freshman of the Year remains fifth in the world.
In South Africa, JG Claassen took the Harry Oppenheimer Amateur Open at Maccauvlei Golf Club in Gauteng. A final round of 71 gave Claassen a four-round total of 276 and a two-stroke victory ahead of Stephen Van Heerden whose fourth-round 67 came too late. Claassen ends Week 48 WAGRanked 61 while Van Heerden gains 76 places to reach WAGRank 438.
Across in India, Rashid Khan comfortably won the Western India Amateur by five-shots, despite posting a modest even-par 71 in the final round at Poona Club Golf Course in Maharashtra. Thanks to his latest victory, Khan jumps 17 places to WAGRank 104.
“The way I turned around my game in the third round yesterday was perhaps very important,” said Khan. “From that point on I knew if I played well, I could go on to win.”
Finally, England’s Chris Lloyd triumphed at the Abu Dhabi Junior Golf Championship by one stroke from Boys Amateur Champion, Tom Lewis. Lloyd finished on an three-round total of 11-under-par 205 to take the title, but Lewis will feel that he let go of his grip on the trophy, having ended round one seven shots clear of the field after an eight-under-par 64.
Never-the-less, Lloyd’s second and third rounds of 66 and 68 respectively, left him a worthy winner and gave him a 169-place boost up the Ranking to 399.
France's Victor Dubuisson remains WAGR Number One.