In Week 22, rising French star Romain Wattel romped to a six-shot victory in the Scottish Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Glasgow Gailes. The 19-year-old, who won both the French Boys and the French Amateur in 2009, as well as representing Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy Match, rallied after a double-bogey 6 on the opening hole of his final round to post 69 for a nine-under-par aggregate total of 275. England’s Billy Hemstock took second place after a final round 70 left him on 281, four shots ahead of third place.
"This is my first win in Great Britain and it is a big honour for me to follow other great champions from France who won in Scotland," said Wattel, who is rewarded with an two-place improvement to WAGRank 12. Runner-up Hemstock, meanwhile, advances 40 rungs up the ladder to 92nd.
Continuing the French theme, Clement Berardo took the Trophee Gordon Bennett at Golf de Saint-Germain, just outside Paris. Berardo took advantage of the absence of higher-profile French amateurs like Wattel and Victor Dubuisson. An impressive qualifying performance and a dominating match play display saw Berardo claim the title, after a 10&8 victory in the 36-hole final. He now moves 254 places up the Ranking to 347th.
Just a few days later, Alexander Levy won the Coupe Murat – the French Amateur Stroke Play Championship – at Chantilly. Despite having trailed by six strokes after the second round, Levy secured a two-shot victory with Sunday rounds of 64 and 69. He gains 30 Ranking places to end the week in 56th position.
Elsewhere, Tomas Cocha took first place in the final tournament of the Argentinean amateur golf ranking season on the greens of Buenos Aires Golf Club. A total of 211, courtesy of rounds of 69, 67 and 75, ensured a three-stroke victory for Cocha, who now occupies WAGRank 151 after a 28-place jump.
The USA’s Peter Uihlein remains the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.