World number one Peter Uihlein confirmed his status as the world’s number one player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking with an emphatic victory in the Aggie Invitational on the US collegiate circuit. Fresh from playing in the Masters, the Oklahoma State student returned rounds of 72, 67 and 71 for a six-under-par total of 210 and a five shot victory.
The most significant challenge to his leadership after week 16 of the 2011 season came not from his home country but from South America.
Columbia’s Andres Echavarria moves up three places in the top 10 on this week’s ranking to fourth, thanks to victory in the SEC Championship over the Seaside Course at St Simons Island, Georgia. Echavarria, a student at the University of Florida, survived a playoff with John Peterson of Louisiana State University after the pair had tied on a one-under-par total of 209.
While Echavarria was competing in Georgia, the Torneo Club Campestre de Popayan was being contested in his homeland, with fellow Columbia Santiago Gomez taking first place. Gomez has a long way to go to catch Echavarria. Gomez is world number 372 after his victory, a move of 230 places on the ranking.
Timothy Madigan of the United States breaks into the world top 50 in 41st place, a jump of 41 places, following victory in the 65th Annual Western Intercollegiate at the Alistair Mackenzie designed Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, California. Madigan, a student at New Mexico State, compiled rounds of 69, 68 and 70 for a 3-under-par total of 207 and a three shot victory over a trio of players.
Tiger Woods might not be winning golf tournaments at the moment, but the same can’t be said for his niece. Cheyenne Woods, a third year student at Wake Forest University, makes a significant move into the world top 50 this week with victory in the ACC Women's Championship.
Woods was the only player in the field to shoot three rounds under par. Scores of 70, 70 and 68 gave her a five-under-par total of 208 and a seven shot victory. She takes her place at world number 41 on the women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking, an improvement of 35 places.
South Africa’s Iliska Verwey moves into the world top 10 after the most significant victory of her fledgling career. Verwey moves to world number eight, a leap of 12 places, after victory in the South African Match Play Championship.
The 22-year-old emerged victorious after a 3&2 win over Nobuhle Dlamini. She may have lost the championship, but Dlamini makes a significant move up the world ranking, rocketing 322 spots to world number 54.
Erica Popson of the United States moves up a spot to world number four following victory in the SEC Women's Championship. The University of Tennessee player eked out a one shot victory over world number seven Marta Silva of Georgia University for her third straight win, and fourth victory of the 2010/2011 college season.
Therese Koelbaek of Denmark moves into the world top 20 to 18th place from 27th following victory in the Mountain West Conference Championship. The University of Nevada at Las Vegas player ran out a four shot winner.