The Women

Victories on the US college golf circuit help Spain’s Marta Silva and Sophia Popov of Germany move into the top 10 of this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Silva recorded her sixth top-10 finish from seven tournaments this season with victory in the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. Silva, who is in her third year at the University of Georgia, returned rounds of 74, 71 and 67 for a four-under-par total to win by two shots. The reigning Spanish Amateur Champion has now won five times in college golf. The 21-year-old improves her ranking by six spots, moving to world number eight.

Popov checks in this week just behind Silva in ninth place. The student at the University of Southern California captured the PING/ASU Invitational at Karsten Golf Course in Temple, Arizona. Popov has now won twice in her first year of college golf. She also won the Pac-10/SEC Challenge in November. The native of Weingarten, Germany, has posted six straight top six finishes this season. She improves her ranking by nine places.

Camilla Hedberg of Spain won the Copa RCG Sotogrande by six shots over Germany’s Lara Katzy. Hedberg, who will play US college golf later this year for the University of Florida, helped Spain win the Women's European Nations Cup by nine shots over Belgium. Hedberg improves her world ranking by 32 places, moving inside the world top 50 to 46th place.

Thirteen-year-old Lydia Ko of New Zealand won the North Island Women’s Under-19 Stroke Play Championship in Auckland to cement her status as the world’s number three ranked amateur. Ko defeated compatriot Cecilia Cho, world number two, by a shot to defend the title she won last year.

Japan’s Mitsuki Katahira retains her position atop the WAGR table.


The Men

This week’s men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking sees Kevin Tway move up seven places to world number 10. Tway, son of 1986 USPGA champion Bob Tway, climbs into the top 10 courtesy of winning the Insperity ASU Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Tway’s 12-under-par total of 204 was good enough for a five shot victory over Sweden’s Olle Bengtsson of Augusta State. Tway’s fourth career college victory helped Oklahoma State to its sixth win in nine tournaments.

Daniel Miernicki of the United States finished joint first in the OGIO Santa Barbara Invitational to join Tway in the top 10. Miernicki, who plays for the University of Oregon, shared first place with team mate Jack Dukeminier after the pair tied on four under par. It was Miernicki’s second win of the season and fourth of his college career. Miernicki moves five places to 8th on the WAGR list.

Mitchell Sutton of Canada leaps 161 places on the world pecking order with victory in the Hootie@Bulls Bay Intercollegiate. Sutton, who plays for North Carolina State, made a par at the first playoff hole to defeat Andrew Loupe of Louisiana State University. The resident of London, Ontario, moves to world number 221.

Cory Whitsett of the University of Alabama eked out a one shot victory over 2009 US Walker Cup player Bud Caulay to win the Linger Longer Invitational. Whitsett is now 24th on the WAGR table, improving his ranking by 37 spots.

Scotland’s James Byrne moves back into the top 20 in 15th place. That’s good news for Great Britain & Ireland’s hopes of winning this year’s Walker Cup at Royal Aberdeen. Byrne, from nearby Banchory, is hoping to make the 10-man GB&I team to take on the United States.

The USA's Peter Uihlein remains the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One, ahead of his Masters Tournament debut this week. Uihlein has been drawn in a group including reigning Masters Champion Phil Mickelson.

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