McNealy becomes world number one

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The Men

McNealy becomes world number one

  • Maverick McNealy takes over as the number one player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM after Jon Rahm Rodriguez’s decision to turn professional. The Stanford University player is a worthy successor.
  • McNealy has won 10 times on the college golf circuit, just one victory from equalling Tiger Woods and Patrick Rodgers for the most wins by a Stanford golfer. England’s Sam Horsfield moves to number two, with Ivan Cantero Gutierrez of Spain becoming world number three.

Performances of the week

Bower takes Brabazon bow

  • Jamie Bower won the biggest tournament of his life when he outlasted Australian Cameron Davis to win the Brabazon Trophy, the English Amateur Stroke Play Championship, at the London Club. The Yorkshire golfer returned scores of 67, 69, 70, and 70 for a 12-under-par 276. That was good enough to edge Davis by a shot.
  • Bower jumps 19 spots this week to 18th as a result. Davis rises four places to ninth.

Wedel stands tall in Northeast

  • Frederick Wedel’s decision to delay turning professional until later this summer paid off when he won the Northeast Amateur Championship. The Malibu, California resident recently graduated from Pepperdine University but decided to wait to turn professional until after the U.S. Amateur Championship.
  • Wedel returned a 6-under-par 270 at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, Rhode Island to win by a shot. He improves 108 rankings to 125th.

    Top 20 movers

    • Bower is the only top 20 mover this week.

    Top 50 movers

    • American William Gordon rises nine places to 44th, while Scotland’s Greig Marchbank improves to 48th from 51st.

    The Women

    Performances of the week

    Engstrom becomes youngest Ladies Amateur champion

    • Julia Engstrom became the youngest winner of the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship after winning the title at Dundonald links in Ayrshire, Scotland. The 15-year-old Swede broke the 2011 record set by Woburn Golf Club’s Lauren Taylor.
    • Engstrom, who turned 15 March 27th, defeated 19-year-old Dewi Weber of The Netherlands in 19 holes. The Halmstadt native was three up after 11 holes but found herself one down standing on the 18th tee after losing the 13th, 14th, 16th and 17th holes. However, Weber bogeyed the 18th and 19th holes to lose.
    • Engstrom jumps into the world top 25 with a rise of 79 places to 22nd. Weber also breaks into the top 25. She takes her place one spot behind Engstrom at world number 23.

    Vlckova tops the class

    • Karolina Vlckova of Czechoslovakia moves one place this week to 55th after a seven-shot victory in the World University Championship in France. Vlckova posted a 1-under-par 277 to defeat countrywoman Marie Lunackova. Katerina Vlasinova made it a Czech one, two, three by finishing third.
    • Vlckova, a University of Florida student, is the world’s highest ranked Czech player. Lunackova rises five places to 309th.

    Top 20 movers

    • Korea’s Eun-jeong Seong moves four places to 20th

      Top 50 movers

      • Lauren Stephenson of the United States joins Engstrom in the top 50 with a rise of one place to 50th.

      Top 100 movers

      • Lauren Stephenson of the United States joins Engstrom in the top 50 with a rise of one place to 50th.

      Biggest ranking improvement

      • Yuuri Yoshida of Japan is the week’s most improved player with a rise of 576 rankings to world number 1,958.