Trent Whitekiller and Harris English shared medalist honours at the Fighting Illini Invitational in Week 38. Whitekiller, a senior at Oklahoma State University, shot a three-round total of one-over-par 211 to claim the individual title and help his team, which included Walker Cup stars Morgan Hoffman and Peter Uihlein, to second place overall at Olympia Fields Country Club, Illinois. Despite his performance, however, Whitekiller, was disappointed that the team had not claimed the title that they believed should have been theirs.
“We definitely expected to come out on top,” Whitekiller said. “The whole team is disappointed with the loss.”
In contrast, English was thrilled with his third collegiate victory.
"It feels good to win,” explained the University of Georgia junior. “It has been since my freshman year when I had two in a row, but it's definitely a good start to the year.
"I had a lot of confidence coming in, and played really well and had a great tournament."
Both players make significant strides up the WAGRanking on the back of their early-season achievement. English is up 51 places to WAGRank 43, while Whitekiller moves to 33rd after a remarkable 150-place leap. At the same tournament, Stanford junior Steve Ziegler entered the WAGR Top 20 at number 16 after a sixth-place result and Germany’s Max Kieffer entered the Top 50 after letting go of his second-round lead and finishing tied for eighth place.
Elsewhere, at the Asia-Pacific Team Championship held at Namseoul Golf and Country Club in Korea, the host nation emerged victorious by 22 strokes from Chinese Taipei. Pre-event favourites, Australia, finished in a disappointing seventh place. Three of Korea’s four players appeared in the individual top five, reiterating Korea’s dominance of the 2009 event, known as the Nomura Cup.
Korea’s Han Chang-won won the individual event by one stroke from compatriot Kim Meen-whee with a four-round total of 280. Han jumps 421 places to WAGRank 273 while Kim advances to 147th after advancing 740 places.