Rising Welsh star Rhys Pugh, who has become a familiar name in WAGR reports over recent weeks, has yet again underlined his potential with a phenomenal 16-stroke victory at the Clwyd Open, held at Prestatyn and Wrexham golf clubs in Week 19. Pugh, a member of Vale of Glamorgan and Southerndown, finished with a four-found total of 275 after rounds of 72, 71, 67 and 65.
He will now take a break from the competitive circuit to concentrate on his GCSE exams, but not before being rewarded with a 102-place jump to WAGRank 207.
Over in Ireland, Alan Dunbar had an altogether tighter victory at Royal Dublin Golf Club in the Irish Open Amateur Championship. The 20-year-old Irish international, who is aiming for a place on the 2011 Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team, finished with a total of 292 to take the title by one stroke from Scotland’s Kevin Nicol. Current St Andrews Links Trophy Champion Dunbar advances 78 places up the Ranking to 167th.
In India, Rashid Khan, another regular name on these pages, claimed the Punjab Open on a score of six under par, the lowest winning score in the tournament’s history. The teenager fired rounds of 72, 65, 76 and 69 on the par-72 course at Chandigarh Golf Club to win by one stroke from Rahul Bajaj. Khan moves six places up the Ranking this week to enter the Top 20 in 18th place.
Finally the University of California Irvine’s John Chin earned medallist honours at the Big West Conference Championship, which was held at Mission Viejo Country Club in Mission Viejo, California. The senior shot a final-round, one-under-par 71 for a 54-hole total of 209, seven under par and nine shots ahead of second place. Chin, who was the 2008 Big West champion, was the only player to finish under par. He rises 27 positions to WAGRank 51.
The USA’s Peter Uihlein remains WAGR Number One.