Is was a busy week in the United States as the NCAA held its regional championships ahead of Week 22’s main event.
Leading the way was the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One, Peter Uihlein, who took medallist honours by two strokes at the Southeast Regional. A four-under-par, three-round total of 206, courtesy of rounds of 68, 70 and 68 around the Crabapple Golf Club in Alpharetta, Georgia, took the Walker Cup star to his first victory in 2010.
“This course fits my game,” said Uihlein. “I positioned the ball really well. I may not have hit every fairway, but I was on the right angles, so I was able to attack all the flags.”
Further north at The Course at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut, Welshman Rhys Enoch shared individual honours at the East Regional with Penn State’s Travis Howe. A disappointing final-round of 70 looked to have cost East Tennessee’s Enoch victory, but, having taken the outright lead, Howe fell back into a tie after three-putting the 54th hole.
“I’m still kind of upset about it [the three-putt], but it’s still a win,” said Howe, who shot a final-round 66. “There’s always been that one round or those two holes that have kept me out of it, and this week I didn’t let that happen.”
Enoch makes a 20-place leap up the Ranking to WAGRank 78, while Howe moves up 85 to 168th.
At the South Central Regional, Russell Henley fired rounds of 71, 67 and 69 for a nine-under-par total of 207 and the individual honours at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas. Henley took victory by one shot over Texas A&Ms Ignacio Elvira. Henley makes a significant move into the WAGR Top 5, up four to fourth.
Elsewhere, last year’s Boys Amateur Championship runner-up, Eddie Pepperell, took the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship at Royal St David’s Golf Club. The 19-year-old finished on a nine-under-par total of 267, one stroke ahead of fellow England international Tom Lewis, who defeated Pepperell in the final of the Boys Amateur at Royal St George’s last year.
“This win means a lot,” he said. “It shows that all the hard work I put in over the winter is paying off. I was disappointed to get only one point from four in the international with France but I hadn’t had any match play practice. I’d been targeting the stroke play events.
“Despite being so far behind, I knew that if I stayed patient and concentrated on my own game something might happen and it did,” added Pepperell, who advances 60 places up the Ranking to 227th.
Peter Uihlein remains the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.