In Week 15, University of Florida senior Tyson Alexander secured his first collegiate title as he took the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate at Reunion Golf and Country Club in Missouri. Having begun the final day one stroke behind fellow Florida senior Tim McKenney, Alexander, who opened with a career-best 64, shot a two-under-par round of 70 to finish on a 10-under-par total of 205 and edge McKenney by one.
Alexander ends Week 15 18 places further up the Ranking in 46th place and McKenney, last week’s WAGRank 296, is up 73 to 223rd.
At the University of Texas Golf Club, Harris English completed a comprehensive five-shot victory at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate, the only Category A event of the week. A course-record-equalling final round of six-under-par 65, four shots better than anyone of the 83-man field could manage, left the 20-year-old clear of Texas A&M’s Andrea Pavan and Nils Floren of Texas Tech.
English, a junior at the University of Georgia, is rewarded with a 20-place jump to WAGRank 23. Italian Pavan is up nine to 18th, while Sweden’s Floren improves 24 places, ending the week ranked 59th.
To Scotland, now, and a win for Stirling University first-year Patrick Spraggs, who claimed the 201 R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament by five shots. Taking place over 36 holes of St Andrews’ Eden Course, followed by 18 at the Castle Course, the most recent addition to the links at the Home of Golf, the Tournament is contested by players who receive money from The R&A to enable them to play competitive golf, while completing their further education.
The Stirling University student was tied for the lead going into the final round, having shot 71 and 68 around the Eden Course the previous day. He quickly accelerated away with birdies on four and five before eagling the par-5, 555-yard 15th courtesy of a four-iron struck to within two feet. And to round it off, he got up and down well on the 18th for birdie to complete an emphatic victory. He will now take his place in the European Palmer Cup team to face the USA at Royal Portrush later in the year.
“This is the biggest university event I’ve played in by far,” said Spraggs, who is up 271 places to WAGRank 1107. “I said to the guys on the first tee, “This is going to be so hard” but I think we got the best of the conditions and it all came together for me.
“Opportunities like playing in the Palmer Cup don’t come along every day, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Staying in Scotland, Grant Forrest became the new Scottish Boys Champions after defeating Ian Redford 3&2 in the 36-hole final at West Kilbride Golf Club. The win lifts him 159 rungs up the ladder to WAGRank 1903.
“I’m thrilled to win,” said the 16-year-old. “It’s been a long, hard week, playing nine rounds of golf and it’s still sinking in. It’s great to be the Scottish Boys Champion.”
Italy’s Matteo Manassero remains WAGR Number One.