Week 46’s major Category A event, the Gifford Collegiate, was won by UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay, who finished four strokes ahead of nearest competitor Daniel Miernicki of Oregon.
A semi-finalist in this year’s US Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay, freshman Cantlay took the lead with an opening round of four-under-par 67. Second and third rounds of 69 and 71, respectively, maintained his advantage and earned him his first collegiate victory on a score of six under par.
“For me, it’s all about getting as comfortable as I can,” said Cantlay, who moves up seven places to WAGRank 5. “Every tournament I just feel more in my own bubble and more focused.
“I never got too excited, or too down on myself, and it all worked out,” he added.
Korea’s Eric Chun, who played in this year’s Open Championship at St Andrews, finished fourth, while Portugal’s 2008 Boys Amateur Champion, Pedro Figueiredo, shot a final round of 66 – more than nine strokes under Wednesday’s scoring average of 75.1 – to power UCLA to a significant team victory.
In Argentina, meanwhile, Walker Cup squad member Andrew Sullivan won the individual title at the Copa Juan Tailhade, which was played at Los Lagartos Country Club in Buenos Aires.
The 23-year-old signed for a closing round of 68 to finish tied on seven under par with Norway’s Espen Kofstad. And in the ensuing play-off, the pair traded pars on the first two holes, before a Kofstad bogey at the third handed the Englishman the biggest victory of his career to date.
Sullivan ascends 22 places up the Ranking to 48th on the back of his triumph, while Kofstad remains 17th.
Finally, Florida Gulf Coast University’s Daniel Mazziotta took medallist honours at the Stetson Invitational, his second individual collegiate win. The senior shot a closing level-par 72 to post a three-round total of 210, six under par, enough to claim victory by one stroke over Brad Sill.
The title gives Mazziotta, who moves up 55 places to WAGRank 339 in Week 46, a remarkable record of 16 top-10 finishes and 23 top-20s over 32 career collegiate events.
The USA’s Peter Uihlein remains the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.