Former World Amateur Golf Ranking number two Matt Hill claimed his first collegiate victory of the season in Week 14, taking the Hootie @ Bulls Bay Golf Club, South Carolina, by two strokes.
The North Carolina State junior, who won the NCAA Championship last season in a run-in which included seven wins in eight starts, shot rounds of 68, 67 and 69 to tie his career-best, 54-hole score of 204 (nine under par) and secure a 10th collegiate triumph. Hill advances 5 places up the Ranking from 19th to 14th.
Up in Charlotte, North Carolina, Corey Nagy took the Irish Creek Intercollegiate by one stroke after a final round of four-under-par 67. Back-to-back birdies on two par fives coming back gave the Charlotte University senior the edge over his team-mate, Olafur Loftsson, and ensured that he would finally lift the trophy at the fourth time of asking.
“It’s awesome! I’ve had four cracks at it and I’ve only been successful one time,” said Nagy, who moves up 10 places to WAGRank 40. “I played pretty well the other three years, but this time…I’m just really excited to win. All day it was pretty solid and I was very happy with the way I played.”
In Malaysia, Kenneth De Silva retained his Sarawak Amateur title at Kelab Golf Sarawak after extra holes. The 19-year-old posted a two-round total of 150 – round one was abandoned due to heavy rain – to enter a sudden-death play-off with Ng Choo Tick and Lee Ka Tung, from which he emerged victorious.
“It was tough playing against Ng but I just stayed calm and steady,” said this week’s number 705, after a seven-place jump. “Then he (Ng) began to make many errors in the play-off and I was able to capitalise on that to win.”
Finally, Ross Bell won the 2010 Scottish Champion of Champions at Leven Golf Links with a 72-hole score of 13 under par. That was enough to take the title by one stroke from 2008 Amateur Championship finalist and Walker Cup star Tommy Fleetwood, who completed four rounds in a total of 276.
"This is the biggest achievement of my career so far," said Bell. “I had a couple of silly holes around the turn but finished strongly."
Bell is rewarded with a massive 906-place leap to WAGRank 1502. Fleetwood, meanwhile, stays put in sixth.
Italy’s Matteo Manassero, who will line up at Augusta for the Masters Tournament tomorrow (Thursday), remains WAGR Number One.