Niemann on top of the world

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The Men

Niemann on top of the world

  • Joaquin Niemann reaches the pinnacle of amateur golf by taking over as the number one player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM. The Chilean swaps places with Maverick McNealy, with the American dropping to number two.
  • Niemann forged his way to the top after a blistering start to 2017. He’s racked up six wins, including three in his homeland and three consecutive American Junior Golf Association events.

Performances of the week

O’Keefe celebrates amateur comeback with Irish win 

  • Peter O’Keefe makes a massive move up the rankings by winning the Irish Amateur Open Championship at Royal County Down. The 35-year-old re-instated amateur won by three shots after posting a 2-over-par 286.
  • O’Keefe spent five years as a tournament professional before throwing in the towel. His decision has netted him the biggest win of his career.
  • The 6 six foot five inch Munster man jumps 1,715 rankings to world number 1,598.

VanDerLaan peaks in South East

  • John VanDerLaan peaked at just the right time to win the NCAA D2 South - South East Region Championship. The Florida Southern student fired a final round 7-under-par 65 to post a 15-under 201 and win by two shots. He climbs 60 places to 271st.

Top 20 movers

  • Americans Corey Pereira and Nick Hardy move into the top 20. Pereira rises three spots to 19th, while Hardy edges up one place to 20th.

Top 50 movers

  • Norway’s Kristoffer Ventura makes a nine-ranking rise to 44th. Gregoire Schoeb of France improves 12 places to 47. American Stewart Hagestad, the Masters low amateur, jumps 50 rankings to 48th. Travis Smyth of Australia becomes the 50th ranked player after a two-ranking rise.

    Biggest ranking improvement

    • Peter O’Keefe is the biggest mover with his Irish Amateur victory.

    The Women

    Performances of the week

    Valenzuela becomes world number three

    • Albane Valenzuela moves to third on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM thanks to a three-shot victory in the NCAA Albuquerque Regional. The Swiss player, a Stanford University student, was the only player to break par in all three rounds. Scores of 71, 69 and 70 gave her a 6-under 210 total. She rises two places to sit behind world number one Leona Maguire and Hye-jin Choi of Korea. Choi strengthens her status by winning the Queen Sirikit Cup.

    Kupcho conquers Athens

    • American Jennifer Kupcho improves two ranking to 13th after winning the NCAA Athens Regional. The Wake Forest player romped to a five-shot win in Athens, Georgia with a 10-under-par 206 total.

    Vaughn wins Lubbock Regional

    • U.S. Curtis Cup player Monica Vaughn makes a one-ranking rise to 15th after winning the NCAA Lubbock Regional. Vaughn’s 8-under-par 208 score saw her edge out Arizona State teammates Olivia Mehaffey and Linnea Strom. She was one better than world number four Mehaffey, while 11th ranked Strom finished two behind.

    Trivino and Grassel share Columbus victory

    • Ana Pelaez Trivino of Spain and American Kelly Grassel make six-ranking improvements after co-wining the NCAA Columbus Regional. They were the only players to match par of 216 over three rounds. Pelaez Trivino moves to 24th, while Grassel rises to 58th

    Top 20 movers

    • China’s Wenbo Liu jumps 61 rankings to seventh after finishing second in the Queen Sirikit Cup, while American Lauren Stephenson rises three places to 20th.

    Top 50 movers

    • Pimnipa Panthong of Thailand is the only new top 50 player with a 38-ranking move to 25th.

    Biggest ranking improvement

    • American Samantha Haubenstock is the most improved player with a jump of 576 rankings to world number 2,160.