The pair reached their winning total of eight-under-par 205 in polar opposite ways: Washington freshman Williams shot a level-par 71 to cling on to the lead he had held early in the round. Lingmerth, meanwhile, posted a bogey-free 64, seven under par, after a flawless round during which, in a seven-hole stretch between the seventh and the 13th, he made four birdies and an eagle. It was both players’ maiden collegiate victory.
It was an awesome week and a lot of fun,” said Williams. “I came in here just trying for a high finish. To win, I honestly can’t tell you how I’m feeling now and what it means. All I know is it’s a great way to start the spring season and hopefully I can keep it going the rest of the way.”
Williams advances 458 places to WAGRank 991, this week, while Lingmerth breaks into the Top 10, up four to ninth.
In Europe, France’s Johann Lopez-Lazaro won the Portuguese Amateur Championship after a stunning final round of 64, eight under par, for a 14-under-par total of 274 at Aroeira 1 golf course, near Lisbon. Starting the day four strokes adrift of compatriot Alexander Levy, Lopez-Lazaro stormed to a three-shot victory over Levy and fellow Frenchman Joel Stalter. Romain Wattel finished alone in fourth place to complete a French one-two-three-four.
Lopez-Lazaro leaps 57 paces up the Ranking to 61st, on the back of his victory, leap-frogging runner-up Levy who is up 30 positions to WAGRank 64.
Across in India, Senapaa Chikkarangappa dominated the final of the 109th All India Amateur Match Play Championship at Oxford Golf Club in Pune, Maharashtra. ‘Chikka’, as he is known, completed a 5&4 victory over Bhanupratap Singh in the 36-hole final to claim his second win this season on the LG Amateur Tour.
“I was determined to come here and win this week,” said Chikka, who moves up 70 places in the Ranking to 309th. “And I was going to ensure that I didn’t back down. There were some very good matches along the way. The semi-final match where I beat Prabhagaran was probably the best match I have played in my career.”
Finally, Italy’s Andrea Pavan completed a two-stroke victory at the John Burns Intercollegiate with a dazzling seven-under-par final round of 65. The Texas A&M senior’s latest win, which came at the Leilehua Golf Course in Hawaii, lifts him 10 places to WAGRank 24.
Fellow Italian Matteo Manassero remains WAGR Number One.