Just one week after an 11-shot victory in the United State Junior Masters, Germany’s Max Rottluff triumphed at the Junior Orange Bowl, which was contested at Florida’s Biltmore Golf Course. He defeated the USA’s Curtis Thompson at the first extra hole, after the pair tied on even-par 280 for the championship.
I’m very happy,” said the 2010 Boys Amateur Championship runner-up, who advances 402 places to WAGRank 201. “I’ve lost two playoffs this year so to win this one is very sweet. I had a lot of chances and I treated each as if it might be the winning putt, but none dropped. Still, it all worked out and it has been a great week. I have one more year’s eligibility so I’m hoping I’ll be back to defend the title.”
In India, Senapaa Chikkarangappa withstood a strong challenge from Saquib Ahmad to take the All-India Junior Golf Championship in Karnataka. Having lost the lead after an Ahmad eagle on the first hole of the fourth and final round, Chikka – as he is known – rallied to fire a six-under-par 66 at Eagleton Golf Resort, his home course, for a three-stroke win. As a result, he makes a 55-place ascent to 413th.
Back in Florida, 14-year-old Timothy Colanta took the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s World Junior Challenge at Innisbrook Golf Resort, near Tampa Bay. Colanta finished the three-day tournament on a total of seven-over-par 219, along with fellow 14-year-old Pietro Crema. In the ensuing play-off, the American held his nerve to complete victory with a birdie on the first play-off hole.
“I thought he [Pietro] had it around the par three 17th after hitting my shot over the green and he put his within ten feet but I was able to get up and down,” said Colanta, who moves up 459 places to WAGRank 2213.
Finally, Brenden Redfern claimed a one-stroke win in the Texas Junior Golf Association’s Holiday Classic, after firing a tournament-best 66 in the final round. Austin’s Redfern, who is due to play for the University of Arizona next year, moves up 526 places to 2854th on the back of his victory.
The USA’s David Chung remains the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.