North Carolina State University sophomore, Matt Hill, shot three consecutive rounds of two under-par 69 to take medalist honours by two strokes at the 112th NCAA Championships, held at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. The 20-year-old Canadian has now won five straight tournaments and, with the latest, he joins an illustrious group of former NCAA champions which counts Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickleson and Tiger Woods amongst its members. Hill enters the WAGR Top 5 on the back of this victory, up 3 to WAGRank 4.
In the Match Play competition at the same event, Texas A&M won the national championship, beating Arkansas in the final. This Week’s WAGR number 15, Bronson Burgoon, was the hero of the hour, firing a gap wedge from 125 yards to within three inches of the hole on the 18th. It has been labeled, by various commentators, as "one of the best shots in college golf history.”
Across the Atlantic at Scotland’s Murcar Links Golf Club, near Aberdeen, the 2008 Amateur Championship runner-up, Formby Hall’s Tommy Fleetwood, took the Scottish Amateur Stroke Play by a record eight shots. The 18-yar-olds 16 under-par total of 268 also broke the previous tournament best; a mark set by Richie Ramsay five years ago. A final-round 66, which included a run of five birdies in seven holes, eased Fleetwood to victory over Scotland’s Gavin Dear whose total of 276 was also worth of note. Fleetwood jumps 36 places to WAGRank 24 in Week 22, while Dear is up 12 to 16th.
Finally, at the Coupe Murat in Chantilly, France, Finland’s Kalle Samooja lifted the trophy after his one over-par total of 285 was enough for a two stroke victory over England’s Darren Wright. Samooja was 20th coming into the final day but carded rounds of 68 and 69 to take the title. The win lifts him 55 positions to WAGRank 108. Wright springs 144 places up to 238th.