In week four, America’s Chip Lutz won the 54-hole Golfweek Senior National Championship played at the par-70 Doral Golf Resort & Spa - Gold Course, Miami, with scores of 66-71-70 for a three-under-par total of 207. The 55-year-old from Ledge Rock Golf Club, Pennsylvania, who was runner up at the Seniors Open Amateur at Walton Heath in August last year, claimed the victory by five shots from fellow countryman Pat Vincelli moving up the ranking by 508 positions to WAGRank 2503.
Meanwhile in China, a junior event was taking place at Zheng Zhong Golf Club in Shenzhen. China's Li Haotong shot a remarkable five-under-par 67 in the final round of the 2011 HSBC China Junior Golf Open to win the title with a four-over-par 220 (80, 73, 67). Singapore’s Marc Ong took second place three shots behind on seven-over-par 223 (76, 74, 73) and Lee Chieh Po of Chinese Taipei finished third producing an eight over par total of 224 (72, 77, 75). Overnight leader Liu Weihou of Chinese Taipei slipped to fourth place with a nine-over -par 225 (75, 73, 77). Haotong climbs 545 places to WAGRank 1970.
In South Africa, Brandon Stone jumped into the WAGR Top 100 by moving up 53 places to WAGRank 86 following his win at the Prince’s Grant Invitational, Kwazulu-Natal. With rounds of 73-75-70-69 (287), Stone finished four shots ahead of Wesley Baptiste who carded rounds of 74-69-76-72 (291). Pieter Moolman finished solo third with scores of 72-74-69-77 (292).
In Australia, 20-year-old Brady Watt won the Lake Macquarie International Amateur Championship at Belmont Golf Club, finishing four strokes ahead of Anthony Murdaca (Royal Queensland) and 17-year-old Cameron Smith, who shared second place with 72 hole totals of 280, eight-under-par. Watt scored an impressive 12 under-par total of 276 with rounds of 68, 69, 69 and 70.
‘‘This is my first national trial event win, so I’m really excited,’’ Watt said.
‘‘I parred the tougher holes and birdied the holes I needed to. Four rounds under par…that is my best tournament finish ever.’’
Courtesy of this win, Watt advances 307 places to WAGRank 802.
The USA’s Peter Uihlein remains the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.