At the PGA Tour of Australasia’s John Hughes Geely WA Open, held at Cottesloe Golf Club in Swanbourne, Western Australia, amateurs Matt Jager and Brady Watt both registered top-ten finishes. Jager, who reached the last 32 at the Amateur Championship this June, is once again finding the kind of form that saw him reach as high as 12th in the world earlier in the year. His ninth-place sees him rise 47 places to WAGRank 60.
Watt, meanwhile, a 19-year-old from Sun City Country Club, tied Jager for ninth at seven under par. A recent addition to the Ranking, Watt makes an extraordinary 1297-place leap to 2117th.
Also keeping pace with the professionals in Week 43 was Chile’s Matias Dominguez, who took fifth place at the Abierto Internacional Brisas de Chicureo. Dominguez advances 16 places to WAGRank 277.
In the States, Texas A&M’s John Hurley took the inaugural Lone Star Invitational at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas. Thanks to a three-round total of 10 under par, which included an eight-under-par 64 in the second round, the 22-year-old junior claimed his first individual victory by one stroke from South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli. Hurley makes a 38-place jump to WAGRank 32, while Frittelli, a University of Texas sophomore, is on the verge of breaking in to the Top 100 after rising 22 positions to 105th.
Over in Tennessee, Canada’s Marc-Etienne Bussieres romped to a 10-shot victory at the Memphis Intercollegiate. The University of South Alabama senior set a tournament-record total of 207 shots over 54 holes of the South Course at Colonial Country Club. Norway’s Espen Kofstad finished in a distant second place.
"It was great, obviously I played pretty well,” said Bussieres. “One thing I was working on was being patient because there are some really tough holes on the course and I knew I was going to make some bogeys. There were going to be some birdies as well, but you can't get caught up in it once you start making bogeys.”
On the back of his triumph, Bussieres climbs 58 places up the Ranking to 52nd. Kofstad also profits, up 21 to WAGRank 50.
Canada’s Nick Taylor remains the WAGR Number One.