England’s Ashley Chesters made a late bid for the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team with an impressive victory in the European Amateur Championship. The 23-year-old from Shropshire becomes the first Englishman to win the prestigious title since Matthew Richardson nine years ago.
Chesters returned rounds of 73, 65, 70 and 76 for a four-round total of 284, 4-under-par, to win by two shots over Spain’s David Morago. Chesters took the lead after his second round 65, and held that lead going into the final round. He was four shots ahead entering the last 18. He faltered slightly by bogeying the ninth and making a double bogey at the 10th. Further bogeys at the 16th and 17th meant he stood on the last tee with just a one-shot lead. However, he birdied the par-5 for the fourth straight day to win.
An improvement of 228 places takes Chesters to world number 57. Morago advances to world number 451 from last week’s position of 936th.
Eli Cole of the United States is the new Canadian Amateur champion after winning the 109th Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship at Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, British Columbia.
The 23-year-old from Beverly Hills, California entered the final round tied for the lead with Ricardo Celia of Colombia and Canada’s Corey Conners. However, the Texas Christian University graduate closed with a final round of 70 to win by a shot over Conners and Taylor Pendrith of Canada.
Cole improves 95 places on this week’s ranking to 154th. Conners becomes the world’s 39th best amateur after a move of two places. Pendrith jumps from 42nd last week to 36th this week. .
Emma Talley earned the biggest win of her life when she emerged as last women standing from the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the Country Club in Charleston, South Carolina. The University of Alabama player defeated China’s Yueer Cindy Feng 2&1 in the 36-hole final.
Talley turned up in Charleston after completing a pretty good first season at Alabama. The Princeton, Kentucky native won the PING-ASU invitational in her rookie year in the college ranks. That win paled in comparison to what the 19-year-old achieved in America’s national championship.
Talley qualified for the match play rounds as joint second leading qualifier. With her dad Dan caddying for her, she then fought her way through another five rounds of match play to reach the 36-hole final.
One up after 18 holes, Talley moved to three up after four holes of the afternoon 18. Feng, who is based in Orlando, Florida, then fought back to square the match after seven holes. However, Talley putted better over the remaining holes to take the title.
“To win the biggest tournament in the world, this is a dream come true,” Talley said.
Talley and 17-year-old Feng earn exemptions into next year’s U.S. Women’s Open Championship.
Talley jumps to 15th on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking from last week’s position of 65. Feng moves 32 places to 65th.
Curtis Cup player Amy Boulden climbs up this week’s WAGR table after winning the English Women’s Stroke Play Championship at Mannings Heath Golf Club in Sussex. The Welsh amateur survived a playoff against Charlotte Thomas to take the title after they had tied on 72-hole totals of 285, 3-under-par.
Boulden birdied the first extra for the victory. She advances 69 places on this week’s table to 94th. Thomas improves 20 rankings to become world number 61.