JULY 30, 2012
Whelan Goes Wire To Wire At Ouimet Memorial
Jack Whelan held off a strong
charge for a wire-to-wire victory in the
Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament
at Woodland Golf Club. The 19-year-old
St. Lawrence University sophomore
fired a final round, 1-under-par 71 for a
5-under-par 211 total, and a one-stroke
margin over runner-up Colin Brennan
of Indian Ridge.
Whelan shared the lead at even-par
72 after the first round at Ipswich CC
in Ipswich, Mass., and had a two-shot
lead thanks to a 4-under-par 68 in the
second round at the Golf Club at Turner
Hill, also in Ipswich. The final round is
always played at the 6,721-yard Woodland Golf Club, which was Ouimet’s
home course in Auburndale, Mass.
Dick King came back from a tough
start with birdies at Nos. 9, 10 and
11 and another at the 16th hole for a
final-round 74. His 220 total was good
enough for a three-shot victory in the
Eddie Lowery Senior Division. It was the
first major win for King. Jack Kearney,
the 2010 Lowery champ, was second at
223, while defending champ Mike Cole
was third at 224.
The Ouimet Memorial Tournament
benefits the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund.
Turnberry. Lutz took low amateur honors, fueled by a 3-under-par 67 in the
third round; he finished tied for 35th at
9-over-par 289. Haag, who by his own
admission has played poorly so far this
year, shot 18-over-par 298 to finish 69th.
Scott clipped No. 2 seeded Landon
Lyons to advance to the finals.
KLAVA TAKES COTTON STATES
1-up in the 18-hole final match at
Bayou DeSiard CC in Monroe, La. Klava
won five consecutive holes, Nos. 7-11,
to build a 4-up lead. Scott, a Texas A&M
junior, whittled away at the deficit,
arriving at the 18th hole just 1 down.
Klava holed a 10-foot par putt to close
out the match.
Earlier Saturday morning, Klava
ended Will Dusenbury’s Cinderella ride.
Dusenbury, seeded No. 61, had to survive a playoff to advance to the match
play portion of the competition, and
then kept winning before falling to the
eventual champion in the semifinals.
MULLINAX WINS NORTHERN AMATEUR
The University of Alabama’s Trey
Mullinax fired a final-round 63, 9-under
par, to jump from a tie for 25th to champion at the Northern Amateur at Sand
Creek Country Club in Chesterton, Ind.
Mullinax’s 63 set a new course record
and included seven birdies in the first
eight holes. It was also the low round of
the tournament, and four shots better
than anyone posted in the final round.
LUTZ, HAAG MAKE BRITISH SENIOR CUT
Americans Chip Lutz and Randy
Haag made the 36-hole cut at the Senior
Open Championship, played at historic
SEIFFERT TAKES OGLETHORPE
Williams jumped over Jordan Spieth to
become the new No. 1-ranked player in
the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Williams now leads Spieth by just five points,
and he leads No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama,
from Japan, by less than 13 points.
The WAGR rankings are likely to
fluctuate for the remainder of the
summer, due in large part to former
world No. 1 Patrick Cantlay’s decision
to turn pro. Cantlay was well in front of
everyone else, and those behind him,
like Spieth and Williams, were very
tightly bunched. The end result is that
the remainder of the summer will see
more movement than normal at the top
of the rankings.
Peter Williamson, arguably the
hottest amateur in America, jumped to
No. 14 in the rankings. The winner of
the North and South Amateur and the
Southern Amateur, Williams began the
summer ranked No. 91.
RANKINGS: MEN | WOMEN
CHRIS WILLIAMS NEW WORLD NO. 1