WAGR Number 1, Danny Lee, looks set to break Rickie Fowler’s record of 33 consecutive weeks at the pinnacle of amateur golf. Lee, who currently has 28 weeks under his belt, extended his lead after beating a world-class field of professionals to take the Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth, Australia, last Sunday.
Elsewhere, Texas Tech junior, Chris Ward, makes his first appearance in the WAGR Top 50 thanks to an impressive three-shot victory at the UTSA Invitational, which was played at Oak Hills Country Club, San Antonio, Texas. Having opened with a 65 followed by a 66, Ward took the title with a three-round total of 212 (11 under-par) ahead of Sweden’s Nils Floren. The victory pushes Ward 71 places up the ranking to WAGRank 48.
Entering the Top 100 for the first time is Australia’s Ryan McCarthy after rising 40 places in Week 8 to settle at WAGRank 67. The 19-year-old national squad member carded a 14 under-par total of 274 to win the Tasmanian Men’s Open by a comfortable six shots at Launceston Golf Club, Tasmania, last week.
In South Africa, Benoni Lake golfer, Dean O’Riley, took the Free State & Northern Cape Amateur, continuing the excellent run of form which saw him win the Gauteng North Amateur in Week 5. O’Riley signed for three sub-70 rounds to finish with a four-round score of 272, three strokes clear of his nearest rival, Leon Knoll. O’Riley is now WAGRanked 114 after making a solid 27-position stride.
Over to Singapore and a victory at the SGA 1st National Ranking Game for Quincy Quek. His three-round score of 210, which included a 3 under-par 68 in the third, was enough for a six-shot victory. Having also won the Philippines National Amateur in Week 7, the Singaporean concludes a fruitful February WAGRanked 289.