Anyone who doubted the strength of women’s amateur golf should have been at Nairn Golf Club for the 37th Curtis Cup. The best players on the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking thrilled the crowds with world-class golf.
In a stirring comeback on the final day, Great Britain & Ireland won the Curtis Cup 10 ½ – 9 ½. After seven win-less matches, GB&I finally got its hands on the Curtis Cup for the first time since 1996. They now trail the series 27-7-3, but they won’t care about the overall score. All that mattered when world number 21 Stephanie Meadow sealed the winning point in a 5-3 singles victory over Amy Anderson was that the cup was heading back to the Ladies Golf Union headquarters at St Andrews.
All 16 players were ranked in the world top 100. Three world top 10 players were on display, with world number five Charley Hull leading world number nine Lindy Duncan and Leona Maguire, the world number 10. Meanwhile top 20 players Austin Ernst (13), Brooke Pancake (15) and Amy Boulden (18) were also in the field.
The United States swept the opening foursomes session 3-0 and took a 6 ½ – 5 ½ lead heading into the singles. They only needed three and a half points from the final singles to retain the trophy and four to win the cup outright. They only won three as GB&I won the other five for an historic victory.
“It’s good for the game and good for the Curtis Cup,” said a magnanimous US captain Pat Cornett. The match was also good for women’s amateur golf. Proof that the cream of the World Amateur Golf Ranking can put on a brilliant show.
Daan Huizing laid down the gauntlet to the rest of the world that he’ll be the man to beat in next week’s Amateur Championship at Royal Troon.
Just a month after winning the Lytham Trophy by 11 shots, the Dutch player lapped the field at St Andrews to win the St Andrews Links Trophy by 14 shots. He became the first player to win the Lytham and Links Trophies in the same year.
The 21-year-old scored 65 on the New Course before adding rounds of 64, 68 and 67 on the Old Course. His 23-under-par total of 264 broke the previous 72-hole record score by nine shots.
Huizing twice found the Swilcan Burn on the Old Course’s opening hole. However, he was so far ahead of the field it didn’t matter. Irish Walker Cup player Alan Dunbar, the 2009 champion, finished in second place.
Huizing moves four places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to world number four. Dunbar jumps 155 places to world number 224.
The Dutch player is one of three players in the world top ten to tee it up in the 117th staging of the Amateur Championship. World number seven Corbin Mills of the United States and Australia’s Jake Higginbottom, the world’s eighth best amateur, also take their places in the field. European Amateur Champion Manuel Trappel also takes part. The Austrian is ranked number 33 in the world order. Ben Taylor, ranked 45th, is the highest ranked British player.
Derek Ernst of the United States is the only player this week to break into the world top 20. He moves eight places on this week’s ranking to 17th.
Sang Yi of Korea won the TPC San Antonio - PGA Tour Series Championship and breaks into this week’s top 50. He moves 35 places to world number 43.