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Monday, September 24, 2007



Colt Knost of Pilot Point, Texas, is the inaugural winner of the Mark H McCormack Medal. As the No 1 player in The R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking at the end of Week 38, Knost is the winner of the award for 2007.
Knost is a recent graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He has enjoyed a successful summer in the amateur game becoming only the second player, after Ryan Moore, to win the US Amateur Public Links Championship and the US Amateur Championship in the same year. The 22 year-old has spent the past five weeks on top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Knost was a member of the winning United States Walker Cup team at Royal County Down, where he was the only player to play in all four matches without defeat and finished the joint leading points scorer for the event with three points out of a possible four. He also played in the Byron Nelson Championship in April this year where he shot a second round 64 to finish tied for 67th
The Mark H McCormack Medal was introduced by The R&A earlier this year to recognise the leading player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. The medal will be awarded annually and will form a closing highlight to the world amateur golf season.
The WAGR is produced by R&A Championships Limited as the global eligibility standard for entry into The Amateur Championship and as a service to amateur golf worldwide. The ranking is a weekly table of playing performance for the world’s top 1300 amateur players in 550 ranking events. The R&A’s World Amateur Golf Ranking was launched in January 2007 after a two-year trial.
FOOTNOTE: News from the United States that Colt Knost has today announced he has turned professional.