Lamprecht soars to No 2 on WAGR

2023 Amateur champion Christo Lamprecht: credit R&A | Getty Images

15 September 2023 – Georgia Tech standout Christo Lamprecht became South Africa’s highest ranked amateur when he soared to No 2 in the Official World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) in September.

The GolfRSA National Squad member surpassed the previous mark set by Cameron Johnston and Nicol van Wyk, who both reached third in the rankings since the WAGR launched in January 1997.

Lamprecht, who ranks second in the pre-season PGA Tour University ranking of the nation’s top eligible seniors, was also named to the 2024 Fred Haskins Award in September. The award is given annually to the top male United States collegiate golfer.

The 2023 Amateur champion was a Haskins Award finalist last year and was named first-team All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America and Golfweek magazine after an outstanding season during which he won the Inverness Intercollegiate and racked up runner-up finishes in the Watersound Invitational, the Linger Longer Invitational and The Goodwin.

Christo Lamprecht in action during the Maui Jim Intercollegiate; credit Georgia Tech

Selected to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team for the second straight year, Lamprecht led the Yellow Jackets to victory in the 19th ACC Championship, the title at the NCAA Salem Regional and a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship. He was the team’s highest finisher in six of 12 strokeplay events.

Lamprecht, who was also was named a pre-season, first-team All-American by Golf Channel and Golfweek magazine, aims to join four Georgia Tech golfers who have won the Fred Haskins Award, including David Duval (1993), Stewart Cink (1995), Matt Kuchar (1998) and Bryce Molder (2001).