A player ranked 2,715th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking would not normally merit headlines. However Randal Lewis is no ordinary amateur.
The Michigan player gave hope to over 50 golfers everywhere by winning the US Mid Amateur Championship at the age of 54. Lewis defeated Kenny Cook 3&2 in a scheduled 36-hole final at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, Texas, to become the oldest winner of the championship, a competition for players aged 25 and older. Former Walker Cup player George Zahringer had been the previous oldest winner. He was 49 when he won in 2002.
Many players come in under the radar and win tournaments. The difference with Lewis is that he was not even on the radar. He did not have WAGR status until his win in Southeast Texas.
Lewis, a financial adviser from Alma, Michigan, is well known in his home state. He is a two-time winner of the Michigan Amateur Championship, 1992 and 1999. In 2009 he was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame. Yet he turned up for the US Mid-Amateur an almost complete unknown. Not any more. Now he can look forward to an invite to next year’s Masters, the reward that goes with winning the title.
It just goes to show age means nothing in golf.
Daan Huizing of the Netherlands makes the most significant move on this week’s WAGR table after victory in the Turkish Amateur Championship.
The 19-year-old returned rounds of 75, 66, 67 and 68 for an 8-under-par total of 276. That was good enough for a three–stroke victory over Mathieu Decottignies–Lafon of France and German players Marcel Schneider and Moritz Lambert.
Huizing moves eight places on this week’s WAGR table to 15th.
Two–time US Walker Cup player Nathan Smith is the most notable mover into this week’s top 100. Smith improves his world status 19 places to world number 92.
Lindy Duncan breaks into the top 20 of this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking thanks to victory in the Mason Rudolph Fall Preview on the US college circuit.
Duncan, who is in her third year at Duke University, birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Jennifer Kirby of the University of Alabama and win her third college tournament. The pair played off after posting four-under-par totals of 212. Rounds of 75, 69 and a career best 68 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tennessee, helped Duncan into the playoff. She made sure of victory when she hit a pitching wedge to within inches of the cup for an easy birdie on the par-5, 18th hole.
Duncan moves to 19th in the world order as a result, an improvement of 14 places.
Chirapat Jao-Javanil of Thailand moves into this week’s top 100 after winning the Golfweek Conference Challenge over the Fazio Course at Red Sky Golf Club in Wolcott, Colorado.
Jao-Javanil, who plays for Oklahoma State University, won the title by three shots after rounds of 70, 75 and 72 for a one-over-par total of 217. The Thai player moves 53 spots on this week’s WAGR into the top 100 in 98th place.
Scotland’s Sally Watson also moves inside the top 100 after victory in the WSU Cougar Cup at Palouse Ridge in Pullman, Washington. The Scottish player came back from a seven-over-par opening round of 79 to score rounds of 71 and 70 to win by a shot on four-over-par 220.
Watson, who is in her third year at Stanford University, moves 20 places on this week’s WAGR. The former Curtis Cup player (2010), moves to world number 94.
The US Junior Solheim Cup team retained the trophy after a 7-5 victory in singles to finish the match tied 12-12 with Europe’s best juniors.