Brett Drewitt of Australia received a crash course on golf’s agony and ecstasy in the New South Wales Medal and Amateur Championships.
Drewitt lost a playoff to England’s Neil Raymond for the NSW Medal after rain forced cancellation of the final 36 holes. The Australian three putted the only playoff hole, while Raymond got up and down from a greenside bunker to take the medal.
However, Drewitt had the last laugh. He went on to win the match play championship. He defeated countryman Michael Lambert one up in the 36-hole final at Elanora Country Club, Sydney.
Drewitt moves inside this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking top 100 as a result, he is now ranked 78th, an improvement of 104 spots. Raymond is 171st on this week’s ranking.
Dominic Bozzelli of the United States triumphed in the SunTrust Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Florida. The student of Auburn University returned rounds of 68, 64 and 70 for a 54-hole total of 202, eight-under-par, to win by five shots over TJ Vogel of the University of Florida. US Walker Cup player Blayne Barber was one of three players to tie for third.
Bozzelli improves his world ranking 37 spots to 39th. Vogel moves to 88th from 133rd. Barber moves one spot to world number 35.
Meanwhile, the 12-man St Andrews Trophy Squad contains just two players from last year’s successful Walker Cup team. Ireland’s Alan Dunbar and Rhys Pugh of Wales make the squad along with Ben Loughrey, Garrick Porteous, Neil Raymond and Ben Taylor of England; Welsh players Jason Shufflebotham and Rhys Enoch; Scots James White, and Paul Shields; and Irish players Dermot McElroy and Kevin Phelan.
These players will likely make the nine-man team to face a Continent of Europe team at Portmarnock Golf Club, Ireland on 31 August and 1 September.
Manon Gidali sure knows how to make an entrance. The French amateur took just three rounds to announce herself as a force to be reckoned with on the US college golf circuit.
Gidali turned up for her first collegiate tournament not knowing how she would fare in the tough US college system. She knows now. The 18-year-old French amateur ran away with the Arizona Wildcat Invitational at Vistoso Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona.
The Parisian cast off opening night nerves with a first round, five-under-par 67 over the 6,321-yard course to lead the field by two shots. She proved her opening round was no fluke by adding a second round 66 to take a commanding six shot lead into the final round. A closing 71 gave her a 54-hole total of 204, 12-under-par.
Gidali’s three round total set a new 54-hole record for Arizona. She bettered a legend, too, beating the 206 (-10) total Lorena Ochoa set in 2001.
Teammate Margarita Ramos finished second, seven shots behind Gidali as Arizona ran away with the team title by 12 shots over UCLA. Erynne Lee of UCLA finished third, eight shots behind Gidali.
The French player moves 14 places on this week’s Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to 31st thanks to her stunning victory. Ramos improves her status to 347th from 418th. Lee moves to 103rd, an improvement of 27 places.
Nobuhle Dlamini of Swaziland makes the most dramatic move on this week’s ranking. She won the Eastern Cape Ladies Championships in South Africa. Dlamini moves inside the world top 20 to 13th, a leap of 127 places.Maria Olivero of Argentina captured the Campeonato Nacional por Golpes Ladies in her homeland. Olivero moves 372 places on this week’s ranking to 909th as a result of her win.