In Week 36 at Lanark Golf Club, 19-year-old Mark Bookless (Sandyhills) emerged triumphant as he stormed to a four-shot victory in the Newlands Trophy. The 2008 Scottish Boys Stroke Play Champion started promisingly with a three-under par opening round 67 but dropped down the field with a disappointing second round of 76. A superb six-under par 64 in the third round moved Bookless to the top of the leaderboard and a solid final round of 69 sealed his first win in a Scottish Order of Merit event. Crow Wood’s Ed Wood finished second with a level par total of 280, one stroke ahead of Colville Park’s Paul O’Hara, who signed off his excellent season with a third place finish to claim the 2009 Scottish Order of Merit title eight years after his brother Steven. Bookless leaps up 124 places to WAGRank 639 on the back of this win.
In Singapore, Johnson Poh captured the 4th National Ranking Game after returning a final round score of one-under par 67 at the Changi Golf Club for a 36-hole total score of two-under par 138. In the final round, Poh started with a disappointing three-over par 37 for the first nine. However, four birdies on the back nine produced a four-under par score of 30 to secure the win. In second place was Joshua Ho who carded a total of seven-over 147 (74, 73). Benedict Ho took third place with a nine-over par 149 (73, 76). Poh has climbed 81 places this week to WAGRank 621.
Joe Sanders (USA) won the Nevada State Amateur at Dayton Valley Country Club. Sanders, who defeated fellow Americans, Brett Okimura and Richard McIntosh in a sudden death playoff, shot a three-round total of 216 (70-76-70). Sanders is WAGRanked 1071 this week after a jump of 168 places.
At the Northern India Amateur, defending champion, Rashid Khan (India) lifted the trophy at the Delhi Golf Club. The 18-year-old, who had gone without a win since the Haryana Open Amateur and started the day five shots behind, returned a sensational final round of six-under par 66 including four birdies, to win his second title on the LG Amateur Tour this season. In his first start on the tour, 15-year-old Ankur Chaddha finished in second place after a closely contested final round. Rashid Khan moves up 30 places on the rankings to WAGRank 148.
The top two in the rankings remain the same with Mark H McCormack Medal winner Nick Taylor leading from Amateur Champion and Open Championship Silver Medal winner, Matteo Manassero (Italy).