The stand-out victory in Week Nine came from Kevin Tway, son of 1986 USPGA Champion Bob Tway, who took the Puerto Rico Classic on Rio Mar Country Club’s River Course. A final-round of six-under par 66 built on opening rounds of 65 and 68 and saw the Oklahoma State junior finish on 17 under par, three shots ahead of a field which included three of last week’s WAGR Top 10.
Not that that kind of company will overwhelm 2008 US Open qualifier Tway, whose third career collegiate victory sees him jump 19 places to make his own way into the Top Ten at WAGRank 10.
Over in Avondale, Louisiana, the University of San Diego’s Alex Ching took medallist honours at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Mardi Gras Invitational. A closing score of 69 around the course at TPC Louisiana, just outside New Orleans, gave the sophomore a nine-under-par total of 207 and a six-shot victory, but it was an opening round of 64 that impressed most.
“Alex's 64 in the first round is the most impressive round I have seen since getting into coaching," said Tim Mickelson, the Head Coach of USD. “Shooting 64 on that course was not something I envisioned as being possible, and he did it with a double bogey on hole five and a bogey on hole 10.”
Ching enters the Top 100 in Week Nine, up 40 places to WAGRank 99.
In Malaysia, Kenneth De Silva’s final-round, three-under-par 69 propelled him past the overnight leader, Chan Tuck Soon, and earning him victory in the Kuala Lumpur Open at the Bukit Jalil Golf & Country Club. The win takes De Silva 25 places up the Ranking and into 637th position.
And finally, in Australia, Stefan Albinski successfully defended his Tasmanian Senior Amateur Championship title at Mowbray Golf Club in Launceston. Leading by one stroke going into the third and final round, Albinski posted a level-par 71 to pull clear of the field and claim back-to-back titles by five shots.
With the Tasmanian Senior Amateur becoming a counting event this year, Albinski is rewarded with a place in the WAGRanking. He enters at number 3236.
Italy’s Matteo Manassero remains the WAGR Number One.