French Amateur Champion, Romain Wattel, added to his already-impressive CV in Week 47 with a win at the Campo Argentino de Aficionados in Buenos Aires. The young French star defeated Scotland’s Ross Kellett 7&5 in the final, producing his best golf of the week to build an insurmountable lead. Wattel produced seven birdies in the opening eighteen holes of the 36-hole final to reach the half-way stage six-up.
Despite five successive birdies from a resurgent Kellett between the 20th and 26th holes, Wattel kept his composure and found momentum again with a birdie at the 29th hole before sealing the match with another – his twelfth of the day – at the 31st the Kenneth R Gordon Davis Cup.
Wattel is handsomely rewarded with a 66-place improvement to his Ranking, leaving him at number 38 in the world. Kellett ascends to WAGRank 41 after a leap of 24 places.
Elsewhere, Matthew Carvell took the Central Gauteng Amateur Stroke Play by an impressive eight shots at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club in South Africa. Having opened with a disappointing 78, Carvell rallied to produce rounds of 64, 69 and 66 to post the winning total of 277. After what is expected to be his last amateur tournament before turning professional, the Gauteng golfer moves up 294 positions to WAGRank 167.
In Malaysia, Mexico’s Estanislao Guerrero shot a final round of 72 in winning the Melaka Amateur Open at Orna Golf and Country Resort in Malaysia. His three-day total of two-under-par 214 was enough to secure a six-stroke victory over Malaysia’s Peter Chun. Thanks to his victory, Guerrero starts Week 48 WAGRanked 1402.
Finally, Benny Kasiadi and Soprapto contested a playoff after they were tied for the lead at the end of regulation play at the Indonesian Amateur in Jakarta. Kasiadi, however, edged out Soprapto to win the title and ascend 229 WAGR places to 1110th.
France’s Victor Dubuisson remains WAGR Number One.