Austria’s Manuel Trappel claims a place in the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes after winning the European Amateur Championship in Halmstad, Sweden. Trappel was victorious through a three-hole playoff with England’s Steven Brown after the pair had tied on 278, 8-under-par.
Rounds of 68, 69, 71 and 70 helped Trappel to victory. France’s Julien Brun finished third, one stroke out of the playoff.
Trappel moves 168 places on the World Amateur Golf Ranking to 45th. Brown and Brun also move into the world top 50. Brown improves his ranking by 41 places to 48th, while Brun moves to world number 36 from 62nd.
Ethan Tracy of the United States pulled off the biggest win of his life when he defeated world number one Patrick Cantlay in the Western Amateur at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Illinois. Tracy, from Hilliard, Ohio, holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 13th hole to go one up in the 18-hole final and then matched the world number one shot for shot over the final five holes to claim the title.
The student at the University of Arkansas entered the 109th version of one of amateur golf’s most prestigious tournaments ranked 170th in the world, but now moves 107 places to 63rd.
Chris Williams backed up his victory in the Pacific Coast Amateur by entering the Western Amateur as leading qualifier and number one seed. Rounds of 66, 66, 70 and 66 gave Williams a 16-under-par total of 268, good enough for a three shot victory over world number four Patrick Rodgers.
Williams lost in the match play stages to Cantlay, but moves nine places on the WAGR table into the top 10 in ninth place.
Jordan Spieth moves to world number two, replacing former world number one Peter Uihlein. Spieth reached the quarterfinals of the Western Amateur before losing to Tracy, while Uihlein also reached the quarterfinals, losing to Cantlay.
Ariya Jutanugarn makes a dramatic move into this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking top 10 thanks to a runaway victory in the Junior PGA Championship in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The 15-year-old from Bangkok, Thailand, the reigning US Girls’ Junior champion, distanced herself from the field following rounds of 69, 68, and a bogey free course record 66 over the par 72 Sycamore Hills course. That gave her a 10 shot advantage over the field heading into the fourth round.
Jutanugarn was not in any danger of being caught in the final round. She posted a 2-under-par 70 for a 15-under-par total of 273 to win by ten shots over Mariah Stackhouse, the only other player in the field to finish under par.
Golf seems to run in the Jutanugarn family. Elder sister Moriya finished fifth, albeit 21 strokes behind her sister.
Ariya moves three places in the world order to 8th, while Moriya occupies 97th place on the ranking. Stackhouse’s consolation for finishing second was a move of 229 places on the WAGR table. She is now ranked 534th.
England’s Charley Hull continued her impressive season with victory in the English Women’s Stroke Play Championship at Alwoodley Golf Club, Leeds. The 15-year-old member of Woburn Golf Club, Ian Poulter’s home club, won by four shots over Charlotte Wild thanks to rounds of 70, 69, 73 and 67 for a 13-under-par total of 279.
Hull has now recorded three major wins this season, following victories in the Jones-Doherty Match Play Championship on the Florida Orange Blossom circuit earlier this year, and the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship.
The precocious teenager moves five spots on this week’s WAGR table to 15th. Wild leaps 164 places up the standings to 253rd in the world.