In Week 30, Jack Senior fired a final round of 10-under-par 62 to slice through the field and win the 2010 South of England Stroke Play Championship at Walton Heath Golf Club. Such was Senior’s fourth-day achievement that only two other players returned sub-70 rounds.
After 36 holes, Senior had trailed the leader, Ferdnand Osther of the Netherlands, by seven strokes. After three rounds he lay eight behind Shaw Hill’s Jonathan Hurst. But that 62, the best round of the week by a considerable margin, took Senior to a 15-under-par total of 273 and a remarkable five-stroke victory, which lifts him 92 places up the Ranking to 101st.
Staying in Europe, Philipp Westermann took the German International Amateur at Gut Kaden Golf Club near Hamburg. Westermann, who recently completed his freshman year at Southeastern Louisiana University, was the only player to record all four rounds below par, finishing on a tournament total of nine-under-par 279. The German, who was tied-fifth after stroke play qualifying at the Amateur Championship in June, ascends 42 places to WAGRank 106th.
Over in the USA, 14-year-old Jim Liu became the youngest champion in the history of the US Junior Championship, breaking Tiger Wood’s record by more than seven months. Liu completed a 4&2 victory over Justin Thomas in the final, which was held at Egypt Valley Country Club in Michigan.
“It is an honor to be just a part of the list of champions,” said Liu, who is up to 195th in the Ranking after a 300-place leap. “But to break Tiger's record is just a big plus. I have never thought I would do it, but it just happened to be my year this year.”
And finally, 42-year-old Todd White overcame Paul Woodbury and Riley Pumphrey after a five-hole playoff to win the Palmetto Amateur at Palmetto Golf Club in South Carolina. White, a history teacher, birdied his final two holes to get reach a tournament total of even-par 280, enough to earn his place in the playoff.
Pumphrey dropped away on the second extra hole, leaving Woodbury and White to battle it out, before a wayward tee-shot on the fifth extra hole put an end to the challenge of 22-year-old Woodbury.
"When it was coming down to those last couple of holes, it was down to just me and Paul and it became match play, so I was able to play off what he did," said White, a member of the Hall of Fame at Furman University, who jumps 463 places to 670th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Korea’s Jin Jeong, who won the Silver Medal for the leading amateur at The Open Championship earlier in the month, regains the top-spot in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, continuing the recent exchange of places with the USA’s Peter Uihlein.