Paltrinieri breaks 16-year Girls Amateur drought

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The Women

Performances of the week

Paltrinieri breaks 16-year Girls Amateur drought

  • Emilie Alba Paltrinieri of Italy became the first Italian winner of the Girls' British Open Amateur Championship in 16 years by taking the title at Royal St David’s Golf club in Harlech, Wales. The 14-year-old from Milan defeat England’s Isobel Wardle 4&3 in the final to become the first Italian winner since Tullia Calzavarra in 2000.
  • Paltrinieri climbs 86 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM to 213th. Wardle moves 129 spots to 379th.

Li erases six-shot deficit to win Junior PGA

  • Lucy Li came from six shots off the pace to win the 41st Junior PGA Championship at Wannamoisett Country Club. Li capitalized on Mariel Galdiano’s final round 77 to take the title. Galdiano, the world’s sixth best player, held a four-shot lead after five holes of the final round. However, the Curtis Cup player dropped five shots between the sixth and eighth holes to open the door for Li.
  • The 13-year-old took her chance with a closing 69, the low round of the day. Li, who made history as an 11-year-old by qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open, won by two shots with a 7-under-par 206. Galdiano tied for second with Alyaa Abdulghany.
  • Li advances 256 rankings to world number 1,218. Abdulghany rises 12 spots to 124th.

Top 50 movers

  • The world top 20 remains the same while Lilia Kha-Tu Vu of the United States is the only new top 50 player. She climbs 16 rankings to 48th with victory in the Women's Southern California Amateur Championship.

    Biggest ranking improvement

    • Colombian Julie Pauline Saenz Starnes takes that honour with an 828-ranking rise to world number 1,999 following victory in the Tercera Parada Campeonato Nacional Mid Amateur in her homeland.

    The Men

    Performances of the week

    • Falko Hanisch couldn’t have picked a better tournament from which to make his entry onto the World Amateur Golf RankingTM. Hanisch became just the second German to win the Boys Amateur Championship when he defeated Spain’s Alejandro Aguilera at Muirfiel.
    • Hanisch needed an extra hole to win after the pair finished the 36-hole final all square. The 16-year-old from Berlin took the title with a par on Muirfield’s first hole after Aguilera put his approach shot out of bounds.
    • Hanisch enters the WAGR table at world number 3736, while Aguilera jumps 1,216 spots to 1,343rd.
    • Norway’s Kristoffer Reitan topped the 36-hole stroke play qualifying with a 5-under-par 137. He lost in the third round, but rises 11 places on this week’s table to 110th.

    Bernard wins Canadian Amateur

    • Canadian Hugo Bernard climbs 104 places to 161st after winning the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship at Royal Ottawa Golf Club. Rounds of 73, 64, 69 and 65 gave Bernard an 11-under-par 271 and two-shot advantage over Andy Zhang of China, who improves 35 rankings to 104th.

    Xiong cracks top 100 with Junior PGA win

    • Norman Xiong moves to world number 92nd from last week’s position at 115th after a two-shot victory in the Junior PGA Championship at Wannamoisett Country Club. The Canyon Lake, California native returned scores of 68, 70, 68 and 68 for a 2-under-par 274 total.

    Top 50 movers

    • There are no new entries into this week’s top 20, while Matias Honkala of Finland is the only new top 50 player with 98-ranking rise to 48th.

    Biggest ranking improvement

    • Kiet Van Der Weele of the Netherlands makes the week’s most significant move with leap of 1,423 places to world number 4,478.