France’s Julien Brun warmed up for the World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey next week by winning his first professional tournament. The 20-year-old amateur might have been making his debut on the European Challenge Tour, but that didn’t stop him from winning the ALLIANZ Golf Open Toulouse Metropole.
The amateur from Antibes, France, began with three consecutive 67s before adding a closing 71 for a 72-hole total of 271, 13-under-par. It proved good enough for a one shot victory over Italy’s Matteo Delpodio.
Brun is in his second year at Texas Christian University. He has won three times on the college circuit. He now has to decide whether to remain in college or turn professional. The win gives him a guaranteed place on next year’s European Challenge Tour.
However, the latest Challenge Tour winner won’t make his mind up on his future until he has represented France in Turkey next week.
Brun moves inside the world top 10 as a result, improving six places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to world number seven. He is the world’s highest ranked French amateur.
Cheng-tsung Pan moves one place to world number nine after winning the Kikkor Husky Invitational on the US College circuit. The University of Washington player took the title over the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain in Bremerton, Washington. Rounds of 69, 66 and 76 gave Pan a three-shot victory over teammates Trevor Simsby and world number one Chris Williams.
Simsby jumps 31 places to 126th, while Williams maintains his position at the top of the world order.
Justin Thomas of the United States and Dutchman Daan Huizing swap places on this week’s ranking. Huizing moves down one spot to third, while Thomas moves the other way to become world number two.
Emilie Burger proved a model of consistency in winning the Mason Rudolph Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tennessee. The University of Georgia player moves 36 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking thanks to three consecutive rounds of level par golf.
Burger, who is in her final year of college golf, saved her best golf for last. She birdied three of the last four holes in the final round to win in style. Her level par total of 216 gave her a three-shot victory over Caroline Powers of Michigan State and Kendall Prince of the University of Arizona.
The win is Burger’s second collegiate title, but her first in regulation. She won the 18-hole Auburn Invitational in her first year of college golf.
Burger moves inside the world top 100 this week to 71st place. Powers also moves inside the top 100, improving 18 spots goes to 88th. Prince moves 22 spots to 119th.
Emily Haas won the Cardinal Cup at Cardinal Club Golf Course in Simpsonville, Kentucky to move 118 places on this week’s ranking to 236th. The University of Louisville player romped to a five shot victory over Belgium’s Fanny Cnops, a student at the University of Central Georgia.
Haas returned rounds of 69, 69 and 71 for a 7-under-par total of 209 to secure her first college victory. The second year student was the only player in the field to record three rounds under par.
Cnops improves three places to 66th in the world. She is the world’s second highest ranked Belgian amateur behind Laura Gonzalez-Escallon, who moves nine places on this week’s ranking to 48th.