Gregory, Mazolli carry amateur hopes at Royal Troon

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The Men

Gregory, Mazolli carry amateur hopes at Royal Troon

Scott Gregory and Stefano Mazzoli will try next week to do what no amateur has done since 1930: win the Open Championship.

The Englishman and the Italian are the only two amateurs in next week’s championship at Royal Troon. Amateur champion Gregory spearheads the challenge to become the first amateur since Bobby Jones to win the game’s oldest major. Gregory, who won the Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl last month, is ranked seventh on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM. Reigning European Amateur champion Mazzoli is 76th.

Performances of the week

Long shot Conover wins North & South

Timothy Conover was a long shot when he entered the North & South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst. However, the world number 572 emerged victorious with a 4&2 win over Andrew Whalen. Conover jumps 275 rankings this week to world number 297, while Whalen climbs 175 spots to 393rd.

Shore coasts to Rolex win

Davis Shore rises 26 rankings to 39th after winning the American Junior Golf Association’s Rolex Tournament of Champions. The Knoxville, Tennessee native returned a 10-under-par 274 total for a five-shot victory.

Huntzinger denies pack to win Dogwood

Charles Huntzinger emerged from the pack to win the Dogwood Invitational. A final round 4-under-par 68 gave the Penn State student a 17-under-par 271 total to win by a stroke over three players. Huntzinger improves 69 rankings to 40th.

Top 20 movers

American Derek Bard is the sole top 20 riser. He edges up one spot to 20th.

Top 50 movers

Shore and Huntzinger are the only players to break into the top 50.

Biggest ranking improvement

Finland’s Alex Hietala is the week’s most improved player with a jump of 1,553 rankings to world number 3,969 after winning the Finnish Stroke Play Championship U18 & U21.

The Women

Performances of the week

Tavatanakit crowned Rolex champion

Thailand’s Paphangkorn Tavatanakit moves into the top 70 of the World Amateur Golf RankingTM after winning the Rolex Tournament of Champions on the American Junior Golf Association circuit. The Bangkok native posted a 5-under-par 283 at Reynolds Lake Oconee’s Great Waters Course in Greensboro, Georgia to win by three shots. Tavatanakit climbs 65 rankings to 70th.

Lack of practice proves perfect for Batty

Scotland’s Gemma Batty won the English Women's Open Match Play Championship despite forgoing a practice round at Holme Hall Golf Club in Lincolnshire. The 22-year-old University of Stirling student arrived in time for the first stroke play round after competing in the World University Games. No practice proved perfect as she qualified for the knockout rounds, and then proceeded to the final where she defeated England’s Cloe Frankish 4&3.

Batty improves 54 places to 303rd, while Frankish rises 33 spots to 475th.

Shin becomes Korean Amateur champion

Da-in Shin advances 422 rankings this week to world number 664 after becoming the Korean Women’s Amateur Champion.

Top 20 movers

American Curtis Cup player Bethany Wu is the only new top 20 player with a one ranking rise to 20th.

Top 50 movers

Pauline Roussin-Bouchard of France breaks into the top 50 by improving her status by one place to 50th.

Biggest ranking improvement

Anna Nordfors of Sweden makes the most dramatic improvement this week, rising 607 places to world number 2,080.