In Week 39, Mark Anderson earned individual medalist honours at the USGA State Team Championship, held at The Country Club of St Albans in St Louis, Missouri. The 23-year-old, who narrowly missed out on a Walker Cup place earlier in the year, shot a final-round 70 to take the title by one shot on a seven-under-par total of 206. The University of South Carolina graduate advances four places up the Ranking to reach what is likely to be his final position of 16th before he competes as a professional on the Hooters Tour in the next couple of weeks.
 

“It’s an awesome way to go out,” said Anderson, whose South Carolina team finished seven strokes behind winners, Pennsylvania. “I’m thrilled and I’m proud of how our team fought. We hung in there and actually had a top-five finish. You can’t be disappointed with that.”


Meanwhile in Tennessee, the University of Mississippi’s Jonathan Randolph finished top of the leaderboard at the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate. Randolph’s seven-under-par 64 gave him a three-stroke lead after the first round at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. And a second-round 67 ensured that he would claim victory by an impressive five-stroke margin.


"It was relief to win one. I've been around the winner's circle a lot and played in the last group and watched guys win," said the new WAGR number 28. "I've been talking with my coaches about, it and they said it was time. Everything was coming together for this to happen.”


Elsewhere, Victoria won their second successive interstate team championship at the Peninsula Country Club. Taking a six-point lead into the final day, the Victorian players continued in the same vein in their last match against Tasmania, eventually running out Championship winners by 8 ½ points. The stand-out performer for the champions was Daniel Beckmann, who was undefeated for the week. Consequently he makes a 38-place stride up the Ranking to enter the Top 100 at 75th.

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