Down in New Zealand, Matt Jager became the first player to win both the New Zealand Amateur and the Australian Amateur in the same year since Lucas Parsons in 1981. Having won both the Australian Match Play and the Australian Stroke Play in March, the 21-year-old successfully defended the title he won at Titirangi last year, beating Brad Kendall 7&6 in the 36-hole final at Hastings Golf Club.
“It’s a pretty cool feeling,” said Jager, who moves up one place to WAGRank 5 this week. “It’s really nice to get to hold both the Australian Amateur and the New Zealand Amateur in the same year.”
Elsewhere, Texas Tech’s Chris Ward claimed the biggest victory of his career in taking medallist honours at the Big 12 Championship. In a field which featured many of the world’s best, Ward posted a four-round total of nine-under-par total of 279 at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Texas, despite a two-over-par final round, to secure the title by two strokes.
“It’s a huge win for me,” said the 22-year-old. “I think it’s probably the biggest win I’ve ever had. I’ve been close before. There’d always be a few putts here and there that I needed to make that I didn’t. This week, I made them. That’s really the only difference.’’
Ward climbs 25 places up the Ranking to 28th, while Walker Cup star Peter Uihlein, who took second place behind Ward, remains the world number four.
In France, Romain Wattel claimed his second Coupe Muchy victory in two years, at Golf de Fontainebleu in Seine et Marne, France. He triumphed by six shots over Johan Lopez-Lazaro and by eight strokes over former WAGR Number One Victor Dubuisson. Serving to underline the current strength of French amateur golf, Wattel advances nine places to 16th, Lopez-Lazaro is up to 22nd, while Dubuisson reclaims WAGRank 2.
Finally, Georgia Tech’s Chasson Hadley captured the second collegiate title of his career at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, held at Old North State Club in North Carolina. The senior fired opening rounds of 69 and 66, before closing with a 71 to take the title by two strokes, earning him an 102-place rise up the Ranking to WAGRank 218.
Italy’s Matteo Manassero remains WAGR Number One.