With Week 6 comes the first significant move in the WAGR Top 10. Clemson University junior, Kyle Stanley, has risen three places to WAGRank 4 after taking the Jones Cup Invitational at Ocean Forest Golf Club, Georgia. Stanley, who overcame a five shot deficit over the last three holes, beat Oklahoma State’s Morgan Hoffman in a two-hole play-off to secure his entry into amateur golf’s top five players. Hoffman also profits from his second place finish, entering the WAGR Top 10 at number 8.

 

Earlier in the same week, England’s Chris Paisley triumphed at the Arizona Intercollegiate. Paisley finished three shots ahead of his nearest rival, Matt Hoffenberg of San Diego State, carding a three-round total of 201 (12 under-par ). This victory marks the second win of the University of Tennessee senior’s career and his third top five finish this season and with it he moves up 18 places to become WAGRanked 20.

 

In Hawaii, Washington State golfer, Nick Taylor, shot a final round two under-par 70 to win the UH-Hilo Intercollegiate tournament at Mauna Lani North golf course on the Big Island. The young Canadian pipped Southern California's Jamie Lovemark by one stroke to take both the title and six WAGR positions. Taylor settles at 11th place in the Ranking.

 

Down in Australia, Michael Smyth lifted the trophy at the New South Wales Amateur at The Australian Golf Club. After beating last week’s Lake Macquarie Amateur winner, Scott Arnold, in the semi-final, Smyth won a tight final against Scotland’s Ross Kellett, sealing victory on the 35th hole with a birdie 3. Smyth, who plays his golf at The Australian, leaps 152 places up the WAGRanking to occupy 130th position after a week of golf that included stroke play qualifying for the New South Wales Medal and five 36 hole match play ties. There was a three-way tie for the Medal featuring Australians Kyle Grant, Jason Scrivener and Lincoln Tighe.

 

Continuing a good run of form in South America, Juan Carlos Cortez, won the Abierto Las Brisas de Santo Domingo, his second tournament victory in three weeks. Cortez took the title by an astonishing 10 shots and was the only player to record a round under par.

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