Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup captain Nigel Edwards has much to ponder after a busy week of national amateur championships in the British Isles. Edwards and his team of selectors had to be out in force to cover the English, Scottish and Welsh Amateur Championships.
David Law’s victory in the Scottish Amateur Championship at Western Gailes was arguably the highlight of the championships.
Law defeated Daniel Kay to stake a valid claim for a place on Edwards’ 10-man GB&I Cup team to play the United States at Royal Aberdeen, Scotland, September 10-11. It was Law’s second Scottish Amateur victory in three years. The 20-year-old won the title in 2009. He also won the Scottish Boys Championship in 2009, becoming the first player to win both titles in the same year.
Aside from an incredible match play record over the last three years, Law is also a member of Royal Aberdeen.
Law improves his status on the World Amateur Golf Ranking by 50 places, moving him to world number 131.
England’s Steven Brown also forced his way into the Walker Cup consideration with a 7&5 victory over Jamie Clare at Woburn. The 24-year-old from the Wentworth Club, venue for the European Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship, moves inside the top 100 on the WAGR table to 89th, an improvement of 22 places.
Jason Shufflebotham captured the Welsh Amateur Championship at Aberdovey Golf Club. Shufflebotham, who is entering his final year at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, defeated Walker Cup squad player Rhys Pugh by one hole in the 36-hole final. Shufflebotham improves 143 places to world number 316.
US Walker Cup captain Jim Holtgrieve also received good news with impressive wins by Patrick Rodgers in the Porter Cup, and victory for Chris Williams in the Pacific Coast Amateur. Rodgers moves one place on this week’s ranking to world number 4 as a result, while Williams improves 18 places to world number 18.
Julie Yang makes a dramatic movement on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking following victory in the Trans National Amateur at The Powder Horn Golf Club in Sheridan, Wyoming. Yang, from Mesa, Arizona, defeated Alex Stewart of Carson City, Nevada, 2&1 in the scheduled 36-hole final.
All square after the morning 18 holes, Yang pulled away in the afternoon as Stewart struggled. Stewart went four down before staging a mini-comeback to take the match to the 35th hole. Yang, who was the 21st seed in the championship, improves her world status by 36 places, moving to 13th in the world.
Stewart’s appearance in the final rockets her up the world order. She moves 101 places to 66th.
Danielle Kang justified her place in the world top 15 by taking the Smythe Salver as top amateur in the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Carnoustie. Kang, the world number 15, returned rounds of 72, 69, 75 and 74 to finish joint 49th, nine shots ahead of world number 12 Sophia Popov of Germany.
Lydia Ko maintained her stranglehold on the world number one spot with victory in the BOP Open in New Zealand.
Notable movements into the top 100 include Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen, who moves 34 places to world number 72, South Africa’s Monique Smit improves 26 places to world number 90, while Erynne Lee of the US jumps 107 places to 89th.