Weaver wins British Amateur
First American victory since 1979
June 23, 2007
LANCASHIRE, England - Virginia Tech golfer Drew Weaver defeated Tim Stewart of Australia, 2 & 1 and won the 2007 British Amateur Championship, played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in Lancashire, England. Weaver, a rising junior from High Point, N.C., led by two strokes after the morning 18 holes in the 36-hole final on Saturday. He eventually led by as many as six holes with six remaining before winning with the final margin of 2 & 1. Stewart is the 2006 Australian Amateur Champion. The last American to win the event was Jay Sigel in 1979 and the last American to advance into the finals was Jim Holtgrieve in 1983. With the win, Weaver automatically qualifies for this year's British Open, to be played July 19-22 at Carnoustie in Scotland. Weaver also qualifies for the 2008 Masters. Royal Lytham & St. Annes, the course on which Weaver won the British Amateur, is on the rotation of British Open courses. Weaver won his first round match against Luis Garcia of Spain, 4 & 3 on Wednesday. He defeated Simon Ward of Ireland by two holes on Thursday morning and Kevin McAlpine of Scotland 2 & 1 in the fourth round on Thursday afternoon. Both Ward and McAlpine are members of Great Britain and Ireland's Walker Cup team. He defeated Wood, 2 & 1 in the quarterfinals on Friday morning and Shufflebotham, also 2 & 1, in the afternoon semifinals. The British Amateur Championship featured 288 players competing for 64 spots in match play. Hokie teammate Jurrian van der Vaart qualified for the event. Tom Glissmeyer of Colorado Springs, Colo. and the University of Southern California, was the only other American to advance to match play. Glissmeyer lost in the fourth round. Weaver competed in the U.S. Amateur last summer and helped lead the Hokies to the 2007 ACC Men's Golf co-championship and a berth in the 2007 NCAA Men's Golf East Regional.