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Shinkwin, Henderson Take South American Am Titles

January 28, 2013

England international Callum Shinkwin overcame a delayed arrival in Colombia, a five-month layoff, a penalty stroke and the recent loss of his grandfather to win the South American Amateur Championship at the par-72 Rincón de Cajica Golf Club near Bogotá, Colombia.

Callum Shinkwin overcame adversity to win the South American Amateur

A closing round of 78, including that penalty, saw the Moor Park, Hertfordshire, player finish on 293, 5-over par, for a single stroke victory over Erik Myllymaki of Finland.

Canada’s Brooke Henderson captured South American Women’s Amateur Championship. Henderson led wire-to-wire, finishing the 72-hole event with a total of 11-over par to become the first Canadian to earn the prestigious amateur golf title.

The South American Amateur Championship took on a new dimension with the support of The R&A when men and women from 19 different countries played in the eighth staging of the event. A field of 77 men and 47 women played in the 72-hole stroke play event at El Rincon on the outskirts of the Colombian capital Bogota. The R&A contributed £25,000 towards the staging of the event and, in addition, assisted overseas players with travel and accommodation costs. This enabled golfers from England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, India and Finland to play in the championship.

Tree defends title in South Africa

Toby Tree experienced a touch of déjà vu when he won the Gauteng North Open Championship in South Africa for the second successive year. A closing round of 71 for a total of 281, 7-under par, saw the England international secure a one stroke winning margin over the fast-finishing South African Zander Lombard.

The 19-year-old from Worthing found himself four shots off the lead after an opening level-par 72 but he followed up with 67 for 139 and a share of the halfway lead. A third-round 71 for 210 left Tree four behind going into the final round, the lead being taken over by Haydn Porteous with a superb 66. However, while Porteous fell back with 76 on the final day, Tree responded with another 71 to secure a narrow victory, one clear of Lombard, Porteous and Jason Smith.

Watt advances in WAGR

Fueled by three consecutive strong finishes, Australia’s Brady Watt has advanced to No. 4 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR). Watt finished second in the Master of the Amateurs, captured the stroke play medal at the Australian Amateur, and finished fifth in the Lake Macquarie Amateur. New Zealander Lydia Ko continues to lead the Women’s WAGR by a wide margin over Australia’s Minjee Lee.

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