Week 4 saw Australia's Scott Arnold take the Lake Macquarie Amateur at Belmont Golf Club, beating local man, Brendan Smith by three shots. Thanks to a round which included a stretch of five consecutive birdies, Arnold carded a final round 67 (five under par) to take the title ahead of close friend Smith, at whose home he had been staying throughout the week. Both players stride up the rankings: Arnold 16 places to WAGRanked 63 and Smith 14 places to WAGRanked 51. The victory also earns the 23-year-old an exempt place in the 2009 Amateur Championship at Formby and West Lancashire in June.


The week also saw a significant move by South African, Leon Knoll, after his victory at the Prince’s Grant Amateur at Princes’s Grant Coastal Golf Estate on KwaZulu-Natal’s Dolphin Coast. Knoll took his first senior title, which resulted in a jump of 130 places in the WAGRankings, by three shots from compatriot Steven Ferreira, the only other player to finish under par. Knoll, 18, now occupies WAGRank 258, while Ferreira jumps 90 places to be WAGRanked 110.


To South America, where Juan Carlos Cortez took the Abierto Rocas de Santo Domingo in Chile’s Valparaiso region. Cortez, who was one of the Chilean team that competed in last October’s World Amateur Team Championships in Adelaide, is WAGRanked 271 after the victory lifted him 98 places.


Back to Australia where Victoria’s Jason Perry retained his Australian Mid-Amateur Championship in fierce winds at The National Golf Club, south of Melbourne. Perry won the tournament thanks to rounds of 73, 72 and 74 and, consequently, earns a second successive exemption into the 2009 Australian Open.


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