In Week 3, Australia’s Tarquin MacManus took the Master of the Amateurs title on Royal Melbourne’s West Course. The 21-year-old, who finished runner-up at last year’s Asian Amateur Championship, earning a place in Open Championship International Final Qualifying as a result, holed a 20-foot birdie-putt on the last to finish three shots clear on 12 under par, a record score in Australia’s highest-ranked amateur event.
“I stuck to my guns out there,” said the Arizona State senior. “I was able to keep out the external factors that were going on and it turned out that it really worked out for me. The greens were softer after the morning rain and I hit a lot of good shots in and holed a bunch of really good putts.
"It feels awesome. I was only one under through eight holes, trying to stay patient ... because it felt like I could have had a couple more birdies, then it clicked and I made three in a row.
It’s huge this win for me,” he added, “especially to win on home soil. It will obviously boost my self confidence when I return back to the States tomorrow.”
MacManus, who is up 15 places to WAGRank 24 this week, will now receive an exemption into the 2011 Amateur Championship, the Porter Cup, The Players Amateur, The Dogwood Invitational and the Canadian Mens Amateur Championship.
“Hopefully I can take this win with me and move with my game. I’m fairly competitive and I was pleased to see how well I was able to come home and get the job done.”
In Malaysia, meanwhile, Kenneth de Silva was victorious in the Selangor Amateur Open, which was held at the Perangsang Templer Golf Club. It proved a happy return to Perangsang for de Silva, who was introduced to the game of golf there at the age of 11.
"Today was a very good start for 2011 for me, especially when 2010 was the best year of wins I've had so far," he said.
Even par for all three rounds, de Silva finished on a total of 216, tying with fellow Malaysian Khai Jei.
"Khai Jei and I were tied again at the first play-off hole. I snapped my drive almost towards the pond. My second shot was 200 metres to the green. I pushed my rescue hook towards the apron, chipped it to five feet and made the putt to win the second hole," added de Silva, who ascends three places to 987th this week.
Elsewhere, there were wins for Franco Romero in Argentina’s Copa la Prensa and for Enrique Grau of Peru in the Torneo 11 de Menores.
The USA’s Peter Uihlein remains the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.