Welsh amateur Amy Boulden gave herself a confidence boost heading into the Curtis Cup with victory in the Helen Holm Championship at Troon.
The 18-year-old saved her best golf for Royal Troon’s last four holes. She trailed France’s Perrine Delacour after 14 holes, but birdied 15, 16 and 17 to take a one shot lead playing the home hole. She holed a clutch five-footer for par on 18 to win by one shot over Delacour.
Boulden returned a final round of 73 after earlier scores of 70 and 72 over the Troon Portland course for a 10-under-par total of 215.
Fellow Curtis Cup teammate Pamela Pretswell held the 36-hole lead but returned a 77 over Royal Troon to finish joint third with fellow Scot Laura Murray.
Boulden moves two places on this week’s ranking to 13th. Delacour improves 11 spots to world number 31. Pretswell goes to 55th from 62nd, and Murray jumps 564 places to 1573rd.
Korea’s Hyo-Joo Kim took the individual honours in the Queen Sirikit Cup in Singapore. Kim defeated world number one Lydia Ko by six shots as Korea took the team title by 25 strokes. Kim’s victory moves her three places to 10th. Ko maintains her stranglehold on the number one spot.
Doris Chen and Mary Michael Maggio of the United States won college golf titles with respective victories in the PAC-12 and Big 12 Women’s Championships. Maggio began the Big 12 Women’s Championship with a 77 but closed with a 69 to win by a shot over England’s Hayley Davis and Chirapat Jao-Javanil. Chen also earned a one shot victory over US Curtis Cup player Tiffany Lua and Giulia Molinaro.
Chen moves 12 places on this week’s ranking to 122nd, while Maggio leaps 366 spots to 221st.
Andrew Yun of Stanford University proved a model of consistency in winning the PAC-12 Men’s Championship at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Oregon.
Yun returned rounds of 68, 70, 69 and 68 to record a 13-under-par total of 275 and defeat a stellar field that included world number one Patrick Cantlay and number two Patrick Rodgers. Yun defeated Daniel Miernicki by two shots, with Cantlay finishing five off the pace in fifth place with Rodgers seven adrift in eighth.
Yun moves 19 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking into the top 50 in 33rd place. Miernicki moves into the top 10 in 10th place, an improvement of nine spots.
Norway’s Joakim Mikkelsen won the Big 12 Men’s Championship at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas. Mikkelsen, who reached the quarterfinals of last year’s Amateur Championship at Hillside, returned rounds of 74, 71, 72 and 68 for a 72-hole total of 285, three-under-par. The Baylor University player earned a two shot victory over Tyler Dunlap of Texas A&M University. World number three Jordan Spieth finished fifth, four shots behind the Norwegian.
Mikkelsen moves 18 places on this week’s WAGR table to 28th. Dunlap improves 123 spots to world number 221.
Luke Guthrie of the United States won the Big Ten Men’s Championship over the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort in French Lick Indiana. Rounds of 72, 71, 67 and 73 gave the University of Illinois player a four round total of 283, five-under-par, and a four shot victory over Sam Chien of Northwestern University.
Guthrie improves his world ranking by three places, moving to world number 22.
Meanwhile, Europe romped to victory in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy at Monte Rei, Portugal. Needing just three points from the final singles’ session to win, Europe took the session 8-4 for a 21 ½ - 10 ½ victory.