31-year-old investment adviser and US Walker Cup star, Nathan Smith, has booked his place in the 2010 Masters Tournament after winning the US Mid-Amateur Championship for the second time. Smith, who first won the event in 2003 cruised to a 7&6 victory over Tim Spitz in the 36-hole final on the Cassique at The Kiawah Island Club.
“You can't even put it into words,” said Smith.” You know, there are so many good players. I remember the first time I won it, you know, I was a lot younger and a lot more naive.
“You get in the finals and you just never know if you're ever going to get back there again. You really want to try to make it count, so I tried to play as hard as I could.”
Smith jumps 32 places into the WAGR Top 20 at number 16.
Meanwhile, Wichita State senior, Dustin Garza, took medalist honours at the Wolf Pack Classic at the Wolf Run Golf Club in Reno, Nevada. His three-round total of 205 was enough to claim his second collegiate victory of the season by three strokes. The 21-year-old was named as GolfWeek’s player of the week in recognition of his stunning start to the college season. Garza leaps 31 paces up the WAGRanking in week 41 to 69th.
In Australia, Matt Jager made it back-to-back wins in the Federal Amateur Open Championship. His four-round total of 12-under-par 276 was enough for a two stroke victory over Tim Hart at the Federal Golf Club in Canberra. In addition to a 70-place ascent to WAGRank 111, the victory earns him a place at the 2010 Amateur Championship, due to be held at Muirfield and North Berwick next June.
Canada’s Nick Taylor remains WAGRanked 1.