In Week 44, Denmark’s Joachim Hansen took individual honours in the World Amateur Team Championships’ Eisenhower Trophy, which was held at Buenos Aires and Olivos golf clubs in Argentina.
Hansen fired rounds of 67, 69 and 73 at the rain-shortened event to finish on six under par, three strokes ahead of Alexander Levy, who formed part of the winning French outfit. His team-mate, Romain Wattel, was a further stroke behind, while World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One Peter Uihlein tied for fourth.
Hansen, who ascends 58 places to WAGRank 68, led Denmark to second place in the team competition, four behind France.
Up in North America, University of Florida senior Arnond Vongvanij, who goes by the name of ‘Bank’, shot a final-round 68 to win the Category-A Isleworth Collegiate Invitational. Four strokes behind the University of Tennessee’s Robin Wingardh with just six holes remaining, Vongvanij produced a solid finish for a 68 and a two-stroke win, after the Swede found trouble over the closing holes. Former WAGR Number One Morgan Hoffmann finished third.
“I saw that I had a two-shot lead,” said Vongvanij, who is ranked 59th after a 66-place leap, “and I thought, ‘What happened to everybody?’”
I came here to watch this event when I was still in high school just to check it out, since it’s such an awesome, pretty course. It almost feels like a pro event, which makes it even better to win it.”
Staying in the USA, James White shot an opening 10-under-par 62 on his way to a five-stroke victory at the US Intercollegiate, held in Week 44 at the Golf Club of Georgia. Rounds of 70 and 72 consolidated the Georgia Tech junior’s first-round lead to ensure medallist honours, despite a final round of 66 from nearest challenger TJ Vogel of the University of Southern California.
“Right now, I’m absolutely elated,” said White, who advances 45 places to 75th. “I wanted to win all semester. We’ve been playing well and I knew it was just a matter of time for it all to come together. What a great time for that to happen, here at home.
“It’s just really, really special. When you know you came out the best, it makes you feel good.”
The USA’s Peter Uihlein remains the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.