The golf world’s eyes once again focused on the amateur game in Week 20, as Ireland’s Shane Lowry became only the third amateur to win on the European Tour – and the only player to do so at the first attempt – when he took the Irish Open title on Sunday. The 22-year-old Walker Cup squad member led the field from the second round, but, after missing a putt at the 72nd hole it took three more for him to seal his astonishing victory. Lowry jumps ten places to WAGRank 6.

 

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Fellow Irishman, Niall Kearney, himself a Walker Cup squad member, took advantage of Lowry’s absence to lift the Brabazon Trophy at Moortown. In testing conditions, the 6ft 5in Dubliner was the only player to post under-par scores in all three rounds, reaching a five under-par total of 208 to win by five strokes. Kearney is the first Irishman to win the Brabazon since Ronan Rafferty in 1980. He improves his WAGRank by 47 to end Week 20 at 64.

 

At the NCAA Regional Championships, North Carolina State’s Matt Hill earned medalist honours for the Central Region with a five under-par total of 212; good enough for a one-stroke victory over fellow Canadian Nick Taylor of Washington State. The win marked Hill’s seventh ACC tournament victory of this school year. The sophomore enters the Top 10 this week, up four to WAGRank 9. Taylor is up one position to WAGRank 4.

 

In New Jersey, USA, University of Alabama freshman, Hunter Hamrick, took the individual title with a three-round total of 212 (one under-par). Hamrick birdied the 52nd and 53rd holes to shoot a final-round four under-par 67 – equaling the course record – to win by one stroke. He leaps 48 places up the WAGRanking to settle in 25th position.

 

Finally, in Queensland, Australia, Daniel Nisbet took the Keperra Bowl at Keperra Golf Club. His tournament record total of 21 under-par was enough to edge out fellow Australian, Brendan Smith, who pushed Nisbet all the way with a final-round 66. It would not be enough, however, as Nisbet’s four under-par 68 – a round which included eight birdies, four bogeys and four pars – gave him the title. Nisbet is up 27 places to WAGRank 81. Smith is up 11 to 45.

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