Hahn wins Western Amateur

American John Hahn has secured a 3&2 victory over Zach Barlow to win the 107th Western Amateur at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, just north of Chicago.

Hahn was able to take advantage of the championship final match moving quickly after Barlow won the opening hole with a bogey. Hahn, who hails from Hudson in Ohio and attends Kent State on a scholarship endorsed by Ben Curtis the 2000 Western Am runner-up, won four holes in a row starting at the 3rd with a par-birdie-par-par run to go 3-up and never relinquished the lead thereafter.

Hahn had come off two top-10 finishes this season in the US with a tied 9th at the Sunnehanna Amateur and a tied 7th at the Monroe Invitational. The 20-year-old needed to survive a playoff to earn the 16th and final spot in the match-play portion of the Western Amateur last Thursday as he advanced through the elimination match-play draw to Saturday's final.

The Western Amateur is Hahn's biggest amateur achievement to date after losing in the first round of the 2006 US Junior Amateur and the second round of the 2006 US Amateur.

In joining the impressive honour roll of past champions of The Western Amateur which includes Tiger Woods, who once called the event "The Masters of Amateur Golf", Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard, Chris DiMarco, Jack Nicklaus and last year's winner, Danny Lee, Hahn's world amateur ranking has rocketed from 77th to be currently 39th.

In making the final of the Hahn defeated Bud Cauley 2&1 in their semi-final, whilst Barlow accounted for Patrick Reed 3&2.

Four Australians competed in Chicago with Tarquin MacManus the best of the Australians after he was unfortunate not to make the low 44 scores and tie cut mark last Wednesday, missing by a stroke after firing rounds of 74-74 to finish at 6-over-par.

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