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.