The Men

Peter UihleinPeter Uihlein’s impressive victory in the Northeast Amateur confirms his status as one of world’s two best amateur golfers. 

A third round 62 helped Uihlein to the lowest four round total in the 50-year history of the Northeast Amateur. A closing 4-under-par 65 at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, Rhode Island, gave Uihlein a 15-under-par total of 261 and a three-stroke victory over James White, who closed with a 64. Uihlein bettered the previous record total of 211 by four shots.

It was almost a home victory for the Oklahoma State player. Uihlein grew up in the area and has played Wannamoisett many times over the years.

“I knew the golf course well and knew hitting your wedges well were a key out here,” Uihlein told Golfweek magazine. “I definitely hit my wedges well this week.”

Uihlein remains the world number two behind Patrick Cantlay.

The world number one made some noise of his own this past week, but not in amateur golf. Just a few days after finishing low amateur in the US Open, Cantlay became the first amateur to shoot 60 on the PGA Tour with a 10-under-par effort on the TPC River Highlands Course in the second round of the Travelers Championship. He eventually finished joint 24th.

England’s Neil Raymond earned the biggest victory of his life with an emotional win in the Brabazon Trophy, the English Amateur Stroke Play Championship, at Burnham and Berrow Golf Club.

Raymond’s grandfather died during the tournament, but the 25-year-old played on and won by a stroke over compatriot Andy Sullivan and Ireland’s Alan Dunbar. A closing 75, after rounds of 70, 68 and 74 gave Raymond a three round total of 287, 3-over-par.

Raymond moves 127 places on the WAGR table to 243rd. Sullivan moves fives places to world number five.

Others moving in the top ten include Bank Vongvanij of the US, who moves seven spots to 6th; Scotland’s Michael Stewart, who moves five places to 7th; and Blayne Barber who improves six places to world number nine.

The Women

Week 26 saw Victoria Tanco dominate the Western Amateur, at Sawgrass Country Club. The Argentinean needed just 24 holes to overcome the USA’s Emma Lavy 13&12 in the 36-hole final. The 17-year-old had made six birdies by the time she finished the 6th hole of the afternoon round, without making a single bogey.

 “The course, it sets up good for my game,” said Tanco, who opened with a course-record five-under-par 66 in stroke-play qualifying. “I didn’t make much bogeys on the whole week. I hit a lot of fairways and greens, and I felt comfortable.”

“I was thinking, just keep playing the way I was playing. If she wants to win a hole, do it with a birdie; don’t make mistakes.”

On her way to the final, Tanco defeated reigning South Atlantic Amateur Champion Jaye Marie Green, before dispatching Courtney McKim and Lovelyn Guioguio, to reach the semi-finals. There, she would complete a tight 1up victory against Big 12 Champion Madison Pressel. Only against Green would she find herself down in a match.

 “She played great; she deserved it,” said Lavy, a sophomore at the University of Arkansas. “I could have given a little more of a fight, I think, but I didn’t have it today. She’s a great player, so I’m proud of her.”

Having advanced 34 places to 26th in the Ranking, Tanco will now look forward to her fourth US Women’s Open start, next month on The Broadmoor’s East Course. Consolation for Lavy comes in the form of a 125-place leap to 123rd. Madison Pressel, meanwhile, moves into the top 50 in 46th, after a 56-place ascent.

Elsewhere, Kim Hyo-joo took the Hosim Cup in at home in Korea, with a three-stroke victory over Kim Ji-hee, to rise six places to 13th in the world. And, in South America, Peruvian Maria Salinas advanced 15 places to 42nd, with victory at the Campeonato Nacional Peru.

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko remains the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.  

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