McNealy to end 2016 as world number one

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The Men

McNealy to end 2016 as world number one

  • Maverick McNealy is set to end the year as the number one player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM. The American is in his 24th week atop the WAGR table.
  • The Stanford University player has occupied the top spot since taking over from Spain’s Jon Rahm-Rodriguez on June 29th. McNealy, who played on the 2015 U.S. Walker Cup team, is worthy of the top spot. He equalled a Stanford record in October when he won the Nike Golf Collegiate at Colonial Country Club. It was his 11th Stanford victory to equal a record held by Tiger Woods and Patrick Rodgers for most wins by a Stanford player.
  • McNealy, the 2016 Mark H McCormack Medal winner, leads Australian Curtis Luck by nearly 94 points.

Performance of the week

Alvarez improves Uruguay number one status

  • Juan Alvarez improves his status as the top Uruguayan on WAGR table with victory in the Abierto Ciudad de Montevideo. Alvarez edges up one spot to 21st after the win. He is the only Uruguayan in the world’s top 667, with compatriot Agustin Tarigo ranked 668th.

Reiter wins Aaron Baddeley title

  • Charlie Reiter of the United States drastically improves his world ranking this week with victory in the Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championship. Reiter’s 272 total gave him an eight-shot victory. He jumps 730 rankings this week to world number 895.

Top 100 movers

  • There are no new top 20 or top 50 players, while Australia’s Min Woo Lee is the only new top 100 player with a one-ranking move to 100th.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • American Joey Vrzich is the week’s most improved player with a rise of 1,572 rankings to world number 4,213.

The Women

Nineteen amateurs advance to LET Qualifying School

  • Once again the top amateurs have proved there is a fine line between the amateur and professional game with 19 amateurs making it through to the final stage of the Ladies European Tour School at Samanah Country Club and Amelkis Golf Club in Morocco December 17-21. The players represent 12 different countries, and range from 28th on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM to 2,416th. Denmark’s Puk Lyng Thomsen is the highest ranked player. The top 30 and ties from the field after five rounds will gain membership for the 2017 Ladies European Tour.

Performance of the week

Win takes Del Rosario into top 200

  • Pauline Del Rosario of the Philippines moves into the world top 200 this week after a dominant victory in the SICC/DBS Junior Invitational Championship in Singapore. Del Rosario took the title by 13 shots after scores of 65, 72 and 71 gave her a 208 total. She rises 16 places to 194th.

Mistry wins KwaZulu-Natal Junior

  • South Africa’s Kajal Mistry improves 14 places to 345th by winning the KwaZulu-Natal Junior Championship in her homeland.

Top 50 movers

  • There are no new top 20 entries this week while Czechoslovakia’s Karolina Vlckova is the only new top 50 player. She rises one spot to 50th.

Top 100 movers

  • Denmark’s Malene Krolboll Hansen is the only player to break into the top 100 with a one-ranking rise to 100th.

    Biggest ranking improvement

    • Australian Isabelle Taylor is the week’s most improved player with a jump of 537 rankings to world number 2,291.