Just one week after securing the Dunes Medal, Kieran Pratt has proved that success breeds success with victory in the 2009 Port Phillip Amateur at Kingston Heath Golf Club, Australia. A final round of five-under-par 67 gave the 21-year-old a four-round total of 288, enough to finish one stroke ahead of second-placed Luke Bleumink.
Bleumink, the Victorian State Team captain, looked to have the Championship sewn-up as he approached the final tee. A wayward drive deep into the trees cost him dearly, however, the ensuing triple-bogey meaning he finished runner-up for the second year in a row.
Pratt’s win was his second Port Phillip Amateur title in three years, after a maiden victory in 2007. His two-under-par 72-hole tally also saw him win the Victoria Golf Association Champion of Champions title, held in conjunction with the Port Phillip.
Pratt jumps 89 places to enter the Top 100 at WAGRank 86, while Bleumink advances 14 places to 290th.
The leading 32 players with 72-hole scores of 310 or better, following the completion of the Port Phillip Amateur, progressed to the match play rounds of the 101st Victorian Amateur Championship which concluded today (16 December). The results from the Victorian Amateur will appear on the WAGR website next week.
Elsewhere, Yang Fei-Hao won the National Middle School Championship at Nan Pao Golf and Country Club in Tainan County of Taiwan. He ends Week 50 WAGRanked 354 after a seven-position rise.
France's Victor Dubuisson remains WAGR Number One.