Australia’s Kieran Pratt has made a strong case for being the world’s form player after storming to a phenomenal 11-shot victory at the Lake Macquarie Amateur: his fourth victory in six starts. The 21-year-old’s 21-under-par total of 267, which included a course-record-equalling third-round 63, set a new tournament record, overtaking former WAGR Number One Danny Lee’s previous benchmark by one shot.
“I never thought that I would win by that much of a margin,” said Pratt, who’s three other recent victories came at the Dunes Medal, the Victorian Medal and the Victorian Amateur. “My plan was to try and win a few of these events before going overseas later in the year. This is a fantastic result and a very special win for me.
“I’ve learnt more how to manage my game around the course and my short game has improved tremendously. The last few months with my results that I’ve achieved, I could not have asked for a better way to start the season.”
The new WAGR number 29 - up 29 places - will now look ahead to the international season when he will take his place in several top amateur events in the US. And thanks to this latest triumph, his reputation will have preceded him.
Over in South Africa, Daniel Hammond registered his maiden victory at the KwaZulu-Natal Open at Selborne Country Club. After finishing tied with Ryan Dreyer on a 10-under-par total of 278, Hammond overcame Dreyer to claim the title.
Hammond advances 188 places to 558th while Dreyer, who played golf professionally for 11 years and now spends his time playing and commentating on poker, only listing golf as a hobby, breaks into the Top 10 at 10.
At the Perak Royal Golf Club in Malaysia, Rashid Khan took the topped the leaderboard as he guided India to victory at the World Junior Golf Team Championships Asian qualifying leg. The 18-year-old from Delhi took the individual title with a three-round total of five-under-par 211. Khan makes a six-place leap to WAGRank 64.
Italy’s Matteo Manassero remains WAGR Number One.