Callum Shinkwin improved his chances of a Walker Cup spot with an impressive victory in the English Amateur Championship. The Hertfordshire golfer also makes a significant move up this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Shinkwin defeated Matthew Fitzpatrick 4&3 in the scheduled 36-hole final at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Abingdon, England.
Fitzpatrick entered the final as obvious favourite after collecting the silver medal as low amateur in the Open Championship at Muirfield. However, Shinkwin got off to a fast start with a 4-under-par 68 in the morning 18 holes to take a three-up lead at lunch.
Shinkwin increased his lead to five holes after 21 holes and was never under any real pressure after that.
Shinkwin climbs 19 places on this week’s WAGR table to 10th. Fitzpatrick moves one spot to become world number two behind Cheng-tsung Pan.
Jordan Niebrugge also did his chances of a Walker Cup appearance by winning the Western Amateur Championship. Niebrugge defeated Sean Dale 3&2 to take the prestigious title. It was part of an incredible three tournament run for the Oklahoma State player. Niebrugge warmed up for the Western Amateur with victory in the Wisconsin State Amateur and U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
Niebrugge advances 33 places to world number 22, while Dale climbs four spots to 21st.
Alexander Culverwell won the Scottish Amateur Championship with a 2&1 win over James White at Blairgowrie. Culverwell advances 200 rankings to world number 895 as a result. White moves to 307th, from his previous ranking of 360th.
Jack Bush won the Welsh Amateur Championship with a crushing 9&8 victory over Mike Hearne at Ashburnam. Bush jumps 186 places on this week’s ranking to 1,080th. Hearne moves 359 spots to 1,248th.
Lydia Ko proved yet again why she is the leading player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking with another fine performance in a women’s major. The 17-year-old entered the Ricoh Women’s British Open at St Andrews as the favourite to take the low amateur prize after finishing leading amateur at Royal Liverpool a year earlier. She did not disappoint, although she had fierce competition this time around.
Ko returned rounds of 69, 76, 75 and 74 for a 6-over-par total of 294 to finish in joint 42nd place along with English amateur Georgia Hall. They shared the Smythe Salver awarded to the low amateur. It is the first time the prize has been shared since Joanne Morely and Patricia Meunier at Woburn in 1993.
Ko and Hall were two of three amateurs to make the cut. France’s Celine Boutier was the other. She finished equal 56th, three strokes behind Ko and Hall.
Ko remains firmly lodged in the world number one spot. Hall improves two places this week to sixth. Boutier moves 15 spots to 41st.
New Zealand’s Wenyung Keh ran out an emphatic winner in the Bay of Plenty Open in her homeland. She recorded a five-shot victory to ensure a rise up this week’s WAGR table. She moves eight places to 83rd.
Amy Lee overcame a final round, four-shot deficit to win the Junior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club in Washington DC. Lee arrived at the 18th tied with 54-hole leader Abbey Carlson, and got up and down from a greenside bunker to squeeze out a one-shot victory.
Lee climbs 43 places this week to world number 339. Carlson jumps 106 spots to 201st.