In Australia, Jordan Sherratt (AUS) claimed his first major amateur title winning the Riversdale Cup by five shots from nearest rival and Australia’s current highest ranked amateur, Scott Arnold. The 21-year-old from Thaxted Park Golf Club, Adelaide, produced an impressive 72 hole total of 267 (21 under-par) maintaining his lead from day one. This win secured Sherratt an invite into The Amateur Championship at Formby and West Lancashire in June. The change in minimum and maximum divisors this week determines that the Australian international ends Week 11 WAGRanked 204 and runner-up, Arnold, moves up 50 places entering the Top 10 at No 8.
North Carolina State player, Matt Hill, won the General Hackler Championship at Murrells in South Carolina. The Canadian held off Coastal Carolina’s Zack Byrd by three shots on the par 72, 6,950 yard course. Hill emulates Sherratt in obtaining an exemption into The Amateur Championship and enters the Top 20 moving up 18 places to be WAGRanked No 20.
Randpark in South Africa hosted the Northern Amateur this week. Yubin Jung (RSA) clinched the stroke play title by one from Derik Ferreira (RSA), recording rounds of 72-72-69-65 for a total of 278. With a remarkable seven birdies on his card for the final 18 holes, Jung is ranked in the top 100 at number 76. Fellow countryman Nicol Van Wyk won the match play beating fellow countryman Christiaan van der Merwe 3 & 2. This impressive win boosts Van Wyk’s position in the WAGRanking with a 202-position jump to No 65.
Elsewhere, in California, Ramie Sprinkling (USA) won the Fresno State Lexus Classic by two shots from local player Todd Angel at the Belmont Country Club. Sprinkling moves up 188 places and now occupies WAGRanking 246.
Also in the States, Lorens Chan won the Hawaii State Amateur title at the Pearl Country Club by eight shots from Jonathan Ota in the weather-reduced Championship. Chan returned a total score of 206 and moves up WAGR by 462 positions to 1687, after completing his second ranking event of 2009.
New Zealand’s Danny Lee remains WAGRanked 1, with Kyle Stanley moving up 2 places to take the No. 4 position.