In Week 7, Toby Ragland won the SunTrust Gator Invitational after a seven-hole play-off with US Walker Cup man, Billy Horschel, at the Mark Bostick Golf Course. The University of Florida senior took a 12-foot birdie opportunity to take the title ahead of Horschel, a fellow senior at the same college. Ragland improves 250 places to finish the week in 200th position while, despite narrowly missing out, the three-time All-American, Horschel, re-enters the WAGR Top 20 at 18th.
Ireland’s Simon Ward, ex-R&A Scholar and member of GB&I’s initial squad for the 2009 Walker Cup, dropped out of the same play-off after the third hole but still manages to leap 118 places to WAGRank 125.
Elsewhere, South Africa’s J G Claasen won the South African Amateur Stroke Play at Pearl Valley on the Western Cape. Seventeen-year-old, Claasen, finished with a 72-hole total of 287 (1 under-par) to win by two shots and rocket 400 places up the WAGRanking to 404th.
In taking the title, Claasen beat fellow South African, Aaron Russell, who makes arguably the most significant move of the week. In finishing second, Russell earns a WAGR Top 10 spot after jumping 57 positions to occupy WAGRank 8. At the same tournament his compatriot, Yubin Jung, who tied for second place, improves 21 places and now lies WAGRanked 42.
In the Antipodes, the South Australian Medal was won by Thaxted Park’s Jordan Sherratt. Winning by four strokes, Sherratt held his game together for a final-round 73 after shooting 69 the previous day. After rising 119 places, the Australian international ends Week 7 WAGRanked 276.
New Zealand’s Danny Lee remains WAGRanked 1 and looks unlikely to be caught before he turns pro after April’s Masters Tournament.