Walker Cup star, Peter Uihlein, has entered the WAGR Top 10 after victory at the Ping-Golfweek Invitational at the par-72, 7,061-yard Gold Mountain Golf Club in Washington. The Oklahoma State sophomore, who won four points from four for the USA during last month’s match against Great Britain and Ireland, followed an opening round of 69 with consecutive 71s to take his first Division I title by two strokes.
Fellow Oklahoma State Cowboys, Morgan Hoffmann and Trent Whitekiller, were second and third respectively. The Southern Golf Association’s Player of the Month for September, Uihlein, advances five places to WAGRank 8, Hoffmann is up one to fourth, while Whitekiller, who is in a rich vein of form, continues his rapid ascent, jumping 13 places to 18th.
In Egypt, South Africa’s JG Claassen took individual honours at the African Amateur Golf Team Championships. Claassen birdied the 18th at Dreamland Golf Club, Cairo, to take the title by one stroke from Kenya’s Borniface Simwa, who had led going into the final day. Claassen and Simwa were the only competitors to complete 72 holes under par, finishing seven and six shots clear of the rest of the field respectively.
Meanwhile, across the Mediterranean, the Netherland’s Jurrian van der Vaart took the Turkish Amateur at Gloria Golf Club in Antalya, Belek. Having opened with a disappointing 76, van der Vaart rallied to post scores of 69, 67 and 71 to close on a five-under-par, 72-hole total of 283 with France’s Leo Lespinasse. Van der Vaart triumphed in the ensuing play-off to secure the victory and a 17-place leap to WAGRank 26.
Back in the USA, Auburn University sophomore, Kyle Kopsick, took medalist honours at the Gary Koch Intercollegiate. Having already posted a second-round 63 – one shot of Camilo Villegas’ course-record 62 at Old Memorial Golf Club –, Kopsick turned the screw on the third day. He made five birdies on his final nine holes in shooting a final-round 66 for a 15-under-par total of 201 and a two-stroke win. Kopsick ends Week 40 WAGRanked 171 after rising 145 positions.
Canada’s Nick Taylor is still the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.