Vu wins Battle to replace Kupcho as number two
- Lilia Vu replaces Jennifer Kupcho as the number two player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM after narrowly defeating Kupcho to win the Battle at the Beach in San Jose del Cabo in Baja, California. VU, who plays golf for UCLA, edged out Wake Forest player Kupcho by one shot to take the title.
- Vu returned scores of 69, 69 and 67 for an eight-under-par 205 total. It is her fifth college victory in just two and a half years as a UCLA player. She makes a two-ranking rise to sit behind Leona Maguire at the top of the world order. Kupcho falls to third, with Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela dropping to fourth.
Prendergast breaks into top 200 with UC win
- American Katrina Prendergast advances 59 positions this week to 172rd with victory in the UC Irvine Invitational. The Colorado State student won thanks largely to a second round 66. She wrapped scores of 70 and 71 around it for 207 total, nine under par, and a three-shot victory.
Top 20 movers
- Dewi Weber of The Netherlands is the only new top 20 player this week. She moves back into the top 20 by edging up one place to 20th. There are no new top 50 players.
Biggest ranking improvement
- Reid Isaac of the United States is the week’s most improved player. She jumps 610 rankings to world number 1,180 after winning the SMU Trinity Forest Invitation. Isaac won courtesy of being the only player under par for 54 holes. Her one-under 215 total gave her a two-shot victory.
Performances of the week
Zach improves Czech number one status
- Simon Zach improves his status as the world’s top ranked Czech player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM with a record breaking victory in the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational at Makai Golf Club in Hawaii. The University of Louisville player posted scores of 66, 63 and 66 for a 21-under-par 195 total and a two-shot victory. It is Zach’s first college victory, and sets a Louisville record for most strokes under par. He jumps 41 places this week to 133rd.
Limbhasut moves into top 40
- KK Limbhasut advances seven rankings to 36th by winning the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic thanks to a closing five-under-par 66. His 201 total, 12 under, gave him a one-shot victory. The University of California player is the top-ranked Thai player on the WAGR table.
- Two players return to the top 20 this week with identical two-ranking rises. Norway’s Viktor Hovland moves to 19th, while John Axelsen of Denmark rises to 20th.
Top 50 movers
- A trio of Americans join the top 50. Scott Harvey advances nine positions to 42nd. Sahith Theegala climbs five places to 49th, with Dylan Wu becoming the world’s 50th best player with a three-ranking rise.
Biggest ranking improvement
- Hunter Dunagan of the United States is the week’s biggest riser after earning his first college victory. He jumps 2,082 rankings to world number 2,955 after winning the Battle at Stono Ferry. The College of Charleston student opened with an eight-under-par 64 to take the lead, and stayed there. Further scores of 67 and 69 gave him a 200 total, 16 under.