In Week 48, the University of San Diego's Alex Ching won the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic from JT Griffin and Tain Lee. Ching fired three rounds of 67 for a 12-under-par total of 201 to claim victory by three shots and join an elite collection of past champions, which includes Tiger Woods, David Duval and Davis Love III.
This year's field, which featured seven of the top 11 players in the Ranking, including the current number one Peter Uihlein, could not keep pace with the man from Honululu, who had finished last at the 2009 event.
"Wow, what an impressive win by Alex today," said USD Head Coach Tim Mickelson of Ching, who is up 11 places to WAGRank 3. "To beat the best of the best from college golf is an incredible feat. And to do it one year after finishing dead last in the same event; that is quite an impressive turnaround."
Down in South Africa, Herman Minnie triumphed at the Harry Oppenheimer Open at Maccauvlei Golf Club. Rounds of 68, 67 and 68 carried Minnie to a three-stroke win and lifted him up 207 places from 1272nd to WAGRank 1065.
Staying at the same course, 19-year-old Daniel van Tonder, who finished fourth at the Harry Oppenheimer Open, claimed the individual prize at the National Teams Championship, his third victory in four starts in November. He was a convincing champion in all three, triumphing by six shots at the Eastern Province Stroke Play, eight shots in the Central Gauteng Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington, and by five shots at Maccauvlei last week. Van Tonder ascends the Ranking once more; up five places to 25th.
Finally, at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra in Florida, Matthew Rushton took the latest event on the International Junior Golf Tour. After opening with a two-over-par 74, the South African shot back-to-back, level-par rounds of 72 to register a five-stroke win.
"My swing has finally come around, which contributed to my play this weekend, said Rushton, who enters the Ranking at 4121st. “I was able to gather myself on the back and put up a good number."”
The USA's Peter Uihlein remains the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.