Daniel Nisbet should have won the Players Amateur by more shots than the one that took him to victory over American Bobby Wyatt at Berkeley Hall Club's South Course in Bluffton, South Carolina, but he won’t complain.
The 21-year-old Australian took a one shot lead over Wyatt into the final round after scores of 69, 66 and 70 for an 11-under-par total of 205. Nisbet extended his lead to six shots after 10 holes when the heavens opened. When the rain hadn’t stopped an hour and a half later, Nisbet was declared the rightful champion.
He becomes the second Australian to win the title following Aron Price in 2004. Nisbet moves 16 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to 24th.
England’s Ben Stow captured the individual title in the European Challenge Trophy in Iceland. The much heralded English amateur returned rounds of 68, 69 and 67 to win by five shots from Belgium’s Thomas Detry.
Stow helped England take the team trophy by 10 shots over The Netherlands. Stow takes his ranking to 140th this week, an improvement of 70 places.
TJ Vogel moves 20 places inside the world top 20 to 13th thanks to a runaway victory in the US Amateur Public Links Championship. Vogel defeated Kevin Aylwin 12&10 to record the second largest margin of victory in championship history.
The 21-year-old began the scheduled 36-hole final strongly and coasted to victory. The amateur from Miami, Florida, made eight birdies in the morning round to find himself 10 up at lunch.
Vogel stayed steady in the afternoon, closing out the match on the 26th hole with a birdie. He did not make a bogey or lose a hole all day.
Vogel will likely get an invite to next year’s Masters as a result.
Namibia’s Bonita Bredenhann makes a significant move on this week’s Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking thanks to victory in the South African Match Play Championship.
Bredenhann moves six places on this week’s ranking to 14th after defeating Michaela Fletcher 3/2 in the final at Benoni Country Club.
The victory made up for missing out on the title two years ago, when Bredenhann lost 6&4 to Kim Williams. This time around, Bredenhann overcame world number two Nobuhle Dlamini in the quarterfinals. She then defeated Bianca Theron 8&7 to get to the final.
Fletcher moves 113 places on this week’s ranking to 173rd.
Benyapa Niphatsophon of Thailand won the Callaway Junior World Championship at Torrey Pines. She put together an 8-under-par total of 280 to win by seven over Australia’s Su-Hyun Oh.
Niphatsophon moves 53 places on this week’s ranking to 111th. Hyun Oh is the world number 23.
Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark won the Luxembourg International Amateur Championship to remain in 25th spot on the ranking.
English players occupy the third and fourth places on this week’s ranking. Charley Hull moves three places back to world number four, while Georgia Hall improves four places to fifth.
France’s Perrine Delacour is the only player to move inside this week’s top 20. She moves four spots to 18th.
Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup players Bronte Law and Lisa Maguire both move inside this week’s top 50. English amateur Law moves 18 places to 39th, while Northern Irish player Maguire moves 12 spots to 41st.
MacKenzie Brooke Henderson of Canada won the Ontario Junior Championship and moves nine places on this week’s ranking to 62nd.
Sweden won the European Girls Team Championship at St Leon Rot, Germany.