Spain’s Adrian Otaegui has become the Champion Boy Golfer for the Year after winning the 2010 Boys Amateur Championship. He defeated Germany’s Max Rottluff 4&3 in the 36-hole final at a cloudless Kilmarnock (Barassie). Otaegui is the next in a long list of Spanish winners of the event, including Jose Maria Olazabal in 1983, Sergio Garcia in 1997 and Pablo Martin in 2001.
“I am very excited to win this Championship. I played well. I didn’t putt as well as the other days, but I was solid with the irons and I think I only missed two fairways in the afternoon,” said the full Spanish international, who earns an exemption into the 2011 Amateur Championship at Hillside and Hesketh. “The four holes from hole three were very important. I didn’t make many mistakes and Max missed the green a few times.
“It’s amazing to have my name on the trophy next to Garcia, Olazabal and the other good players from Spain who have won. Olazabal is my hero and I sometimes practice with him, so I will call him tonight to let him know that I was the winner. I’m sure he’ll be very happy,” added this week’s world number 206.
American Paul Simson maintained his overnight lead to win the Seniors Open Amateur Championship by five shots from countryman Chip Lutz. Closing with an impressive 54-hole total of eight under-par 208, with rounds of 70, 69 and 69, the 59-year-old from North Carolina added this title to two previous wins in 2006 and 2008, which came at Saunton and Royal Cinque Ports and Prince's.
“I really wanted to get off to a good start, which I was able to do,” said Simson, who advances 256 places to WAGRank 1259. “I had a good swing pattern going and it went really well; I was in control. This is the best score I have shot in this event and I am just very pleased.
“The golf course here at Walton Heath is so wonderful. I can’t wait to play in the Seniors Open Amateur again next year.”
Tyrrell Hatton, who made his Major Championship debut at The Open in July, romped to victory in Week 33 in the Czech International Amateur Championships, helping England to team gold at the same time.
Hatton, who formed part of a three-man English unit, was off the pace at Mariánské Lázně after an opening 74, but rounds of 65, 64 and 67 took him to the title by six shots from compatriot Neil Raymond. He is up 44 places this week to 155th.
And finally, former R&A Scholar Gordon Stevenson won the North East District Open Golf Championship at Cruden Bay in Aberdeenshire. An opening round of thee-under-par 67 set the 21-year-old on his way to a four round total of 281, and a three-stroke victory.
“It was important to get this win under my belt. It means a lot,” explained the 2004 Scottish Boys Under-16 Champion, who is up to WAGRank 566 this week after a leap of 88 places. “I’ve come close a number of times, but haven’t been able to close it out. Hopefully this will lead to more victories in the near future.”
Peter Uihlein is the new World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One this week, continuing a series of exchanges with Korea's Jin Jeong.