Last week’s Australian Amateur Stroke Play Champion, Matt Jager, completed a sensational double at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, near Perth, by taking the Australian Amateur Championship in Week 13. The 21-year-old completed an 8&7 victory over New Zealand’s Ben Campbell, 18, to become the first player since Brendan Jones in 1999 to win both titles in the same year.
“This is the greatest thing in my amateur career so far and it’s been a huge week,” said Jager, who is up 20 to enter the Top 10 at WAGRank 8. “Hopefully, I can go onto dominate more events like these around the world. There’s a lot of golf ahead with the New Zealand Amateur the St Andrews Links, the Amateur, as well as the American events to look forward to. I’m feeling confident with my game and I’m looking forward to these challenges.
“I will try to get my card in Europe later on in the year," he added. "I've almost done everything I can do as an amateur.”
Meanwhile, Bud Cauley claimed a six-stroke victory at the Linger Longer Invitational, held on The Landing Golf Course at Reynolds Plantation, Georgia, in Week 13. 2009 US Walker Cup Team member Cauley’s 12-under-par, three-round total of 204 was a career low score for the University of Alabama sophomore, lowering his season scoring average to 71.38.
Thanks to the third individual win of his career and the second of this season, Cauley becomes the world’s number two-ranked amateur golfer after a three-place jump.
In South Africa, JG Claassen took the North West Open at Rustenburg Golf Club, successfully defending the title he won last year at Goldfields West. Claasen shot a phenomenal final-round 62, building on founds of 65, 72 and 68 to win by a remarkable 10 strokes. On the back of this latest success, the young South African advances 40 places up the Ranking to WAGRank 145.
Finally, Mohd Iylia Jamil claimed a three-shot victory at the Perlis Amateur Open, held at Putra Golf Club in Malaysia. Iylia’s three-round total of 10-over-par 226 took him clear of the other 107 amateurs in the field and lifts him 35 places up the Ranking to 502nd.
Italy’s Matteo Manassero remains WAGR Number One.