New Zealand’s Joshua Munn probably wasn’t the favourite to win the Lake Macquarie International in Australia, but he produced the round of his life when it mattered most.
The 21-year-old was tied for the lead heading into the final round only to fall one shot adrift after nine holes. Then he went on a rampage.
Munn eagled the par-5, 10th hole to begin an incredible run that took him to the title. Birdies followed at the 12th, 13th and 17th holes for an inward nine of 31, helping the 21-year-old to a 6-under-par 66 to win the championship.
Rounds of 65, 70 and 72 preceded Munn’s closing 66 to give him a 15-under-par total of 273, good enough for a one shot victory over England’s Nathan Kimsey and Brett Drewitt of Australia.
Munn climbs 95 places to 239th on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. Kimsey improves eight spots to 38th. Drewitt moves five places to 32nd. Brady Wyatt, Australia’s number one amateur, finished solo fifth to climb three places this week to fourth in the world.
England’s Callum Shinkwin survived a final round 78, 6-over-par, to win the South American Amateur Championship in Bogota, Colombia. After opening with a 3-over-par 75, the amateur from Moor Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire, England produced back-to-back 2-under-par 70s to give himself a six-shot advantage heading into the final round.
Shinkwin finished with a 5-over-par total of 293 to win by a shot over Finland’s Erik Myllymaki, with Peruvian Joaquin Lolas a further two shots back.
The English international jumps 163 places this week to world number 165. Myllymaki climbs 90 spots to 155th, while Lolas moves up 111 places to 342nd.
Bethany Wu makes a significant leap on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking following a record victory in the ANNIKA Invitational over the Reunion Resort’s Watson Course in Orlando, Florida.
The 16-year-old from Diamond Bar, California set a tournament record in winning her third American Junior Golf Association tournament. Her closing 5-under-par 67 gave her a 10-under-par total of 206 for the 54-hole event. That effort bettered the previous best score by five shots.
Wu finished three shots ahead of Denmark’s Emily Pedersen and Karen Chung of the United States. Wu climbs 41 places on this week’s WAGR table to world number 46. Chung improves 12 places to 36th, while Pedersen moves to 59th from last week’s ranking of 72nd.
Canada’s Brooke Mackenzie Henderson moves up 12 places this week to world number 26 following victory in the South American Amateur Championship in Bogota, Colombia. Rounds of 73, 75, 76 and 74 gave the 15-year-old a 72-hole total of 298 for a six-hole victory over compatriot Jisoo Keel and Daniela Darquea of Ecuador. Henderson is the first Canadian to win the title.
Keel climbs 420 places this week to world number 260, while Darquea improves nine spots to 91st.
Australia’s Minjee Lee and Nobuhle Dlamini of Swaziland swap places in this week’s top 10, with Lee moving back to world number two and Dlamini slotting in behind her as the world’s third best woman amateur.
Germany’s Quirine Eijkenboom is the only player this week to break into the world top 50. She moves two places to 19th, making her the world’s second best German woman amateur behind Karolin Lampert, who also moves two places this week to 14th.