Corbin Mills made a big push for a spot on the US Walker Cup team with victory in the Players Amateur at Belfair’s East Course in Bluffton, South Carolina. It marked Mills’ second win in a row, following victory in the US Amateur Public Links Championship.
The 21-year-old from Anderson, South Carolina, led wire to wire in his native state, running out a one-shot winner over Curtis Thompson and Patrick Rodgers. Mills led by three shots heading into the final round, but tumbled out of the lead, after struggling over the first nine holes. However, he finished strongly with four birdies over the back nine to return a closing 72 for a 12-under-par 276.
Mills breaks into the upper echelons of the World Amateur Golf Ranking, moving 15 places to 20th place. Rodgers breaks into the top 10, moving six places to world number five.
Patrick Cantlay reinforced his status as the world’s number one amateur with victory in the Southern California Golf Association Amateur Championship at San Gabriel Country Club. Cantlay entered the championship after top 25s in the US Open, Travelers Championship and AT&T National on the PGA Tour.
Rounds of 69, 70, 65 and 66 saw Cantlay post a 14-under-par total of 270 to hold off University of San Diego player Manav Shaw.
Cantlay started the day three shots off the lead but made ground on the field with three birdies and an eagle in his first four holes.
France took bragging rights in Europe by winning the European Team Championship in Portugal.
Kim Williams makes a significant move on this week’s Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking after victory in the Gauteng North Match Play Championship in South Africa.
Williams moves six places to 10th after defeating world number five Bertine Strauss 4&3 over her home course of Centurion Country Club. The victory came after Williams won the 54-hole Gauteng North Stroke Play Championship by ten shots over Strauss.
The 25-year-old is one of three South African women in the world top ten, after Strauss and world number eight Iliska Verwey.
It continues a remarkable season for Williams. Earlier this year, she won the South African Stroke Play, the Border Stroke Play and Province Stroke Play Championships.
World number three Mitsuki Katahira won the Florida Women’s State Golf Association Stroke Play Championship for the second year in a row. Katahira posted rounds of 71, 70 and 71 at Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach, Florida. Her four-under-par total of 212 helped the Japanese amateur to a three-shot victory over Meghan Stasi of the United States.
World number 12 Leona Maguire returned a sensational 64 in the second round of stroke play qualifying for the European Ladies Amateur Team Championships at Murhof Golf Club, Austria. Maguire’s eight-under-par effort helped her top the individual leaderboard.
Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell moves into the top 20 in 19th place after improving her ranking by eight places. Jaye Marie Green of the United States jumps into the top 50 to 36th, an improvement of 25 places.
France’s Perrine Delacour takes her place in the top 100. She is now the world’s 97th best amateur after improving her status by 33 spots.