England’s Jack Senior moves into the WAGR Top 100 in week 40 with his win at the Egyptian Amateur Open held at Katameya Heights Golf and Tennis Resort Club in Cairo.
The South of England stroke play champion from Heysham in Lancashire defeated his fellow Home Internationals team mate, Welsh Open Stroke Play champion, Eddie Pepperell (Drayton Park), with a sensational birdie on the first playoff hole following a one-under par 54 hole total of 215. Pepperell, represented GB&I against the Continent of Europe in the St Andrews Trophy last month.
This result secures invites for both to the 2010 Egyptian Open, part of the European Challenge Tour due to be staged at the JW Marriott, Mirage City Golf Club later this month. This victory moves Senior up 19 places to WAGRank 97.
UCLA’s Pontus Widegren claimed his maiden college title by winning the Ping Golf-Week Preview at the par-72, 7,408-yard Karsten Creek Golf Club, Stillwater, Oklahoma, two shots clear of WAGR No. 1 Peter Uihlein and Hudson Swafford from Georgia State. The Bruins sophomore posted a three-under par 69 producing the only sub-70 round on the final day, becoming the only player among the 90 starters to finish under par. This result propels the Swede up 48 spots into the top 40, WAGRank No. 39.
Elsewhere in South Africa, Tyrone Ryan (Bryanston) wins the Ekurhuleni Open and moves up 50 places in the rankings to WAGRank 101, while Thailand’s Poom Saksansin won the 50th Putra Cup in the Southeast Asia Amateur Championship at the Royal Selangor Golf Club, Malaysia, moving up 22 places to WAGRank 106.
American Peter Uihlein, winner of the US Amateur title and fourth recipient of the Mark H McCormack Medal as the top-ranked golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking at the end of the amateur season, maintains his No. 1 position ahead of Walker Cup team-mate David Chung, the Western Amateur winner and runner-up to Uihlein for the US Title. Romain Wattel of France holds on to third place.
11 new players have entered the Rankings this week.