St. Andrews Links Trophy: Dream Finish for Dunbar

ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (June 7, 2009)--The winner of the St Andrews Links Trophy 2009 is Alan Dunbar of Rathmore, Northern Ireland. A last round 70 left him on 285, two under par. A last green birdie put him a single shot ahead of Matt Haines of England and two ahead of Rhys Enoch of Wales.

The tournament was won and lost on the final nine. With nine holes to play, it was Enoch at 5-under, Paul O'Hara of Scotland at 4-under, and Luke Goddard of England at 3-under, with Dunbar four back at 1-under and Haines seemingly out of it at 2-over. But with the top 3 shooting 41, 41, and 40 coming in, the door was opened for Dunbar and Haines, who shot 35 and 33 respectively on the final nine.

With the win, Dunbar climbs to #40 in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Player Rankings. Luke Goddard's 4th place finish moves into the #1 spot, while fellow Englishman Sam Hutsby remains at #2 following a T20 finish.

Four Americans finished in the top 40, lead by Will Wilcox of Pell City, AL, tied for 14th at 8-over 295. Mike McCoy of W. Des Moines, IA finished tied for 25th and moved to #13 in the World and #5 in the U.S. Greg O'Mahony of Tequesta, FL also finished T25 at 10-over, while James Field of Pinecrest, FL finished 40th at 21-over.

The field for the Links Trophy was the strongest of the year to date, with 12 of the top 20 players in the world and 21 countries represented.

St. Andrews Links Trophy: Top Finishers

Click on each link to view that player's ranking and performance in Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Amateur Golf Rankings points events
Place Player Scores
1 Northern Ireland Alan Dunbar, Northern Ireland 71-73-71-70--285
2 England Matt Haines, England 71-72-73-70--286
3 Wales Rhys Enoch, Wales 71-71-71-74--287
T4 England Luke Goddard, England 71-75-69-73--288
T4 Australia Daniel Nisbet, Australia 74-71-72-71--288
T4 Scotland Paul O'Hara, Scotland 68-72-73-75--288
7 England David Coupland, England 71-74-74-70--289
T8 England Tommy Fleetwood, England 71-77-71-71--290
T8 Wales Nigel Edwards, Wales 69-78-73-70--290
T8 England Matthew Nixon, England 73-70-73-74--290
T11 Wales James Frazer, Wales 73-75-69-75--292
T11 Italy Matteo Manassero, Italy 68-80-72-72--292
13 England Miles Mackman, England 72-77-73-71--293
T14 England James Robinson, England 76-73-75-71--295
T14 Scotland Steven McEwan, Scotland 76-72-71-76--295
T14 USA Will Wilcox, USA 73-75-76-71--295
T14 Sweden Pontus Gad, Sweden 73-75-74-73--295
T14 France Alexander Levy, France 73-74-74-74--295
T14 Scotland Ross Kellett, Scotland 67-77-76-75--295
T20 Norway Anders Kristiansen, Norway 74-75-72-75--296
T20 Scotland Wallace Booth, Scotland 72-76-69-79--296
T20 England Sam Hutsby, England 71-76-74-75--296
T20 Wales Ben Westgate, Wales 72-75-74-75--296
T20 South Africa Derik Ferreira, South Africa 72-75-75-74--296
T25 England Jason Barnes, England 71-77-75-74--297
T25 USA Mike McCoy, USA 68-79-73-77--297
T25 USA Greg O'Mahony, USA 74-72-78-73--297
T25 Wales Oliver Farr, Wales 74-72-73-78--297
T29 Scotland Michael Stewart, Scotland 73-76-73-76--298
T29 Wales Adam Runcie, Wales 72-76-73-77--298
T29 Netherlands Jurrian Van Der Vaart, Netherlands 74-74-72-78--298
T29 Wales Joe Vickery, Wales 72-75-75-76--298
T33 France Alexandre Kaleka, France 72-74-75-78--299
T33 Scotland James White, Scotland 74-75-76-75--300
T33 France Joel Stalter, France 71-76-78-75--300
36 England Tom Lewis, England 70-79-75-77--301
37 England Jack Senior, England 75-74-73-80--302
38 England Stuart Phillips, England 70-78-79-76--303
39 Wales Jamie Howie, Wales 73-76-77-78--304
40 USA James Field, USA 70-79-81-78--308
For complete results of the 2009 St. Andrews Links Trophy, click here.

Update after 36 holes
ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (June 6, 2009)--After 36 holes of play, Paul O'Hara of Scotland (-3) leads by two shots over Rhys Enoch of Wales after a difficult day on the Old Course that saw only three players break par. Englishmen Matt Haines and Matthew Nixon share third at even-par.

World #2 Sam Hutsby of England sits T14 at 4-over, with #3 Luke Goddard of England T9 at 3-over, and #9 Alexandre Kaleka of France T9 at 3-over. Top-10 players Matt Jager of Australia and Dale Whitnell of England missed the cut.

Mike McCoy of the USA opened with a 68 on the New Course but struggled to a 79 on the Old Course to sit T14 at 4-over-par.

Strongest Field of the Year for the St. Andrews Links Trophy
ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (June 3, 2009)--The strongest field of the year-to-date is set to gather at St. Andrews for the St. Andrews Links Trophy Jun 5-7. The field, which required a +2.4 handicap for entry, includes 12 of the top 20 players in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Player Rankings.

When play begins on Friday, the #1 ranked players from England (Sam Hutsby), Australia (Matt Jager), France (Alexander Kaleka), Scotland (Gavin Dear), Wales (Ben Westgate), South Africa (Adrian Ford), Ireland (Niall Kearney), Norway (Are Friestad), and Switzerland (Arthur Gabella-Wenne) will tee it up among 144 players from 21 countries.

The highest American player in the field is World #15 and USA #5 Mike McCoy of West Des Moines, Iowa. The highest Canadian player is World #81 and Canada #4 David Markle of Shelburne, Ontario.

The defending champion is Keir McNicoll of Scotland who currently sits at #25 in the World and #3 in Scotland.

The format of the Links Trophy is 72 holes of stroke play over three days. One round each will be played on the Old and New Courses of St. Andrews, after which the field will be cut to the low 40 players and ties for the final 36 holes Sunday on the Old Course.

In this, a Walker Cup year, the Links Trophy and the upcoming British Amateur will go a long way toward determining who will make up the teams who will compete at Merion in September, especially on the Great Britian & Ireland side.

Top-100 Ranked Players competing in the St. Andrews Links Trophy

Rank Player Country Points
2 England Sam Hutsby England 5725
3 England Luke Goddard England 5650
6 Australia Matt Jager Australia 4350
8 England Dale Whitnell England 3950
9 France Alexandre Kaleka France 3900
10 England Tommy Fleetwood England 3800
12 Scotland Gavin Dear Scotland 3750
15 USA Mike McCoy USA 3400
17 England Charles Ford England 3250
18 Wales Ben Westgate Wales 3200
19 Scotland Steven McEwan Scotland 3100
20 South Africa Adrian Ford South Africa 3075
22 Australia Bryden Macpherson Australia 2950
25 Scotland Keir McNicoll Scotland 2850
26 Scotland Wallace Booth Scotland 2825
33 Australia Jason Scrivener Australia 2675
34 Australia Brendan Smith Australia 2650
36 Ireland Niall Kearney Ireland 2625
37 England Matt Haines England 2500
42 England Thomas Sherreard England 2250
48 England Farren Keenan England 2100
48 Scotland Ross Kellett Scotland 2100
55 South Africa Steven Ferreira South Africa 2000
57 South Africa Jake Redman South Africa 1975
59 England Todd Adcock England 1925
60 England Matthew Nixon England 1900
69 Netherlands Jurrian Van Der Vaart Netherlands 1750
76 Wales Joe Vickery Wales 1675
77 Australia Daniel Nisbet Australia 1625
80 South Africa Derik Ferreira South Africa 1550
81 Canada David Markle Canada 1500
91 England James Robinson England 1450
97 France David Antonelli France 1400
ABOUT THE St. Andrews Links Trophy

72-hole stroke play that draws one of the top amateur fields in Europe. Field plays two rounds at the Old Course and one additional (sometimes the Jubilee, sometimes the New), then the field is cut to the low 40 and ties. The final two rounds are played on the Old Course.

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