Scotland's Gavin Dear of Murrayshall won the 2009 Irish Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Royal Dublin this week, retaining his overnight lead by scoring a final one under par 71 for a total of 289 (77-69-72-71).
Having already triumphed twice this season, becoming the first Scot to secure the Dixie Amateur in Florida and winning the Craigmillar Park Open, Dear finished two shots ahead of his Eisenhower Trophy winning teammate, Wallace Booth from Comrie, who scored 76, 73, 70 & 72 for a total 291. This performance moves Booth into the WAGR Top 50 at No 45.
Dear moves up 17 places to WAGRanked 25, enhancing his chances of Walker Cup selection for the match against the USA in September at Merion, USA.
In Malaysia, 16 year old Gavin Kyle Green won the Malaysian Amateur Closed at Kinrara Golf Club, Punchong, with an impressive final round of four under par 68. With three birdies on the front nine and two eagles at the par five 7th and 14th holes, Green’s spectacular score was only spoiled by a bogey on the 10th and a double bogey on 11th. A final score of 213, one ahead of Haziq Hamizan, Kuala Lumpur, was just enough for Green to claim the title and move him up 226 places to 1269.
In South Africa, Leon Knoll claimed the Boland Amateur at Kuils River by one shot from fellow countryman Michael Palmer. Scores of 67, 63, 70 help Knoll to move up 39 spots to WAGRanked 110.
This week in Australia, Daniel Nisbet became Queensland Amateur Champion at Nudgee with a 4&2 win over Cameron Smith. Nisbet, who won the South Australia Amateur Classic last month, dominated the final with an exciting sequence of six birdies in ten holes. Although 15 year old Smith produced five birdies in the first fourteen holes of the second round, he was unable to catch Nisbet. Daniel Nisbet is now WAGRanked 108, gaining 15 places.
There are a number of new WAGRanked players this week including Mexico’s Roberto Cacho, Emmanuel Charmat from France, Canada’s Craig Gibson and Colombia’s Marcelo Rozo.
Australia’s Scott Arnold remains WAGRanked No. 1 for a fourth week.