Australia’s Bryden Macpherson won the Australian Stroke Play with a birdie on the first play-off hole at Royal Queensland Golf Club last week. The 18-year-old Victorian, who at one stage was ten strokes off the lead, shot a four-round total of 280 (7 under-par) to tie Jin Jeong and force the tournament into extra holes before edging out the Korean to take the title. Macpherson jumps 21 places and enters the WAGR Top 100 at 87. Fellow Australian, Scott Arnold, the man who benefited most from the recent divisor changes, moves up four places to WAGRank 4 on the back of his third-place finish.
In Greensboro, Georgia, Trent Whitekiller took medalist honours at the Linger Longer Invitational. Starting four shots adrift, Whitekiller tamed the course at Reynolds Landing on the final day. In a round which included eight birdies, he carded a 66 (6 under-par) to register the first victory of his college career. The Oklahoma State University junior ends the week WAGRanked 55 after a 61-place rise.
South African Stroke Play champion, J G Claassen, has continued his fine run of form with a victory at the North West Amateur, held at Goldfields West Golf Club last week. The 18-year-old became the first North West player in nine years to win his provincial title when he beat South African Amateur champion and ex-professional, Ryan Dreyer, in a play-off. Claassen, who posted a final-round 63, makes the largest of the three leaps into the Top 100, negotiating 142 places to WAGRank 91.
Elsewhere, WAGR No 1, Danny Lee retains the top spot as he continues to compete on the professional circuit; Air Force’s Tom Whitney continues his winning ways at the Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Arizona; and Penn State’s T J Howe beats a strong field including WAGRanked 8, Mike Van Sickle, to take the Pinehurst Intercollegiate, his first college win.