Week 23’s Palmer Cup contest between Europe and the USA’s best student golfers has shaken up the WAGR Top 10. Europe won the annual event, at which Arnold Palmer was in attendance, by 13 points to 11 at Cherry Hills in Colorado, USA.
Europe led 7.5 to 4.5 after the first day with Italy’s Leonardo Motta, who earned his place in the European team thanks to his performance at The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament, beating WAGR Number One, Morgan Hoffmann in the afternoon singles.
Europe held on to their lead through day two’s contests and, needing only 2.5 points to retain the trophy, Jorge Campillo, Stephan Gross and Tim Sluiter sealed victory with three points from the first three singles matches.
Movements up the WAGRanking after the Palmer Cup have been made by: Mike Van Sickle (USA), up 4 to 4th; Jorge Campillo (ESP), up 2 to 5th; Cameron Tringale (USA), up 3 to 10th; Chris Paisley (ENG), up 12 to 16th; and Reinier Saxton (NED), up 3 to 20th.
Elsewhere, Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup squad member, Alan Dunbar, continues Irish amateur golf’s bumper run by lifting the St Andrews Links Trophy. Having started the week as a reserve, The 19-year-old from Portrush registered a four-round total of two under-par 285 to become the first Irishman to win the event in its 21-year history. Rounds of 71 and 70 on the final day were enough for Dunbar to take the title and leap 266 places up the Ranking to WAGRank 148.
"I'd never played at St Andrews before and just got the call last Monday to say I was in the field. It's a big event at an unbelievable place and to win is huge for me, especially in a Walker Cup year."
In Canada, Brady Johnson finished tied for second place at the Canadian Tour’s Times Colonist Open. The 21-year-old from Mill Bay, British Colombia, fired a 10 under-par total of 270 and finished just three shots away from eventual winner Byron Smith, whom Johnson had led going into the final round. This fantastic result lifts the young Canadian 55 places to WAGRank 88 as well demonstrating the good health of the amateur game.