Winner of the 2008 Amateur Championship, Reinier Saxton, has beaten an elite European field to win the Internacional de España Amateur. The Dutchman recorded a 2&1 victory over England’s Sam Hutsby after 35 holes of the course at Real Club de Golf de Sevilla. Hutsby fought back brilliantly from seven down with eight to play, winning five of the next six to give himself every chance of taking the match to extra holes. But it wasn’t to be as both players bogeyed the next and Saxton emerged a worthy champion. His victory moves him up 19 places into the WAGR Top 10 at number 6 while Hutsby, who won’t be too disheartened by his narrow loss, enters the Top 5 after a 13-position jump to WAGRank 4.
Elsewhere, in Rio Grande, University of Texas freshman, Dylan Frittelli, shared individual medalist honours with University of Georgia junior, Hudson Swafford, at the Puerto Rico Classic. With final scores of 204 (12 under-par) the pair both registered their first collegiate tournament wins, beating a strong field which included WAGRanked 3, Rickie Fowler. South African, Frittelli, will perhaps feel a touch disappointed as his final-round 73 (1 over par) cost him the six shot lead he held after carding a 67 and a 64 in the first two rounds. He advances 30 places up the Ranking to 53rd place. Swafford, now ranked in the USA’s top ten amateurs, enters the Top 20, up 11 places to WAGRank 16.
Up in California at the USC Collegiate Invitational, Stanford’s Steve Ziegler took individual honours by one stroke after a final-round 65 (6 under-par). In a fantastic inward nine, the sophomore made six birdies to edge out Pepperdine’s Andrew Putnam, who also impressed on the back-nine with five birdies in the final eight holes. He moves 21 places into WAGRank 54 and Ziegler, breaking into the Top 50 for the first time, is up 34 places to WAGRank 43.
Finally to Savannah, Georgia, and a victory for All-American, Brent Witcher, at the AASU/Southbridge Pirate Invitational. With a tournament-best 68 on the final day at the par-72, 6,922-yard Southbridge Golf Club, Witcher finished with a total of 207 (9 under-par), enough for a seven stroke victory. He is now WAGRanked 152 after a 21-place move.