In Week 32, Lucas Bjerregaard added his name to the impressive list of winners of the European Amateur Championship, claiming a place at the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George’s in the process. The Dane closed with a two-under 70 at Vannajanlina Golf and Country Club in Finland for a 15-under-par total of 273, and a one-stroke victory over Andrea Pavan of Italy and English Amateur champion Tommy Fleetwood.
"My biggest title by far. Tommy did not make that many mistakes, he was tough, so I had to play well to beat him," said Bjerre, who intends to play college golf at the University of Florida.
Only the second Dane to win the title, after Morten Backhausen, who beat Lee Westwood in a play-off in 1993, Bjerregaard climbs 156 places to 134th in the Ranking.
In the United States, David Chung won the 108th Western Amateur at historic Skokie Country Club, defeating Gregor Main 2&1 in the 36-hole final. He moves up 12 places to fourth in the world as a result.
“The Western Amateur is definitely the biggest tournament I’ve won,” said Chung, who won the Porter Cup last month. “It’s held on one of the most prestigious courses in the nation, it’s a grueling format, and the match play element of it makes it mentally demanding. It’s a lot of golf. It’s an endurance test.”
Down in England, Scot Bradley Neil added the Reid Trophy, the English under-14s title, to its Scottish equivalent, which he won earlier in the season. Neil closed with a 75 for a three-round, tournament total of 218, two over par, finishing four strokes clear of second placed Warren Harmston.
“This win means so much to me,” said Neil. “I don’t think anyone has held both titles in the same year and I don’t know if anyone has led from start to finish. But I came here this week with a record to set and I’ve achieved that."
Back in the USA, Denny McCarthy won the rain-affected 35th Junior Open Championship at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Indiana. A final round of 69 left him on a three-round score of nine under par, three strokes better than nearest challenger and 2008 Junior PGA Champion Anthony Paolucci.
"Yeah, I felt really good," said McCarthy, who ascends 323 places up the Ranking to WAGRank 982nd. "I got off to a hot start, birdied the first hole, eagled the second hole, then birdied four, five and six. I felt really comfortable out there. I was hitting the ball well, rolling it really well. Obviously when you get a start like that your confidence is boosted.”
And finally, the Canadian Junior Boys Championship was won by Richard Jung at Richmond Country Club in British Columbia. Toronto’s Jung, who reached the quarter-finals of the 2010 US Junior Amateur Championship, put himself in the driving seat with a first-round 65, then held on all week to edge out Eric Banks by a solitary shot.
“I’ve always wanted to win this tournament, the title means a lot,” explained Jung, this week’s WAGR number 632 after an 163-place leap. “It felt great that I wasn’t chasing anyone out there, overall I was just relaxed.”
Korea’s Jin Jeong remains the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.