The Men

Jordan SpiethJordan Spieth ended his junior career on a suitable high with victory in the US Junior Amateur Championship. Spieth defeated Chelso Barrett 6&5 to claim his second US Junior victory in three years.

Spieth turned 18 shortly after the championship, and is beginning to look forward to a place in the US Walker Cup team at Royal Aberdeen, Scotland. He has already played for his country last year in the Junior Ryder Cup, where he won three matches out of three at Gleneagles to help the US win the junior version of golf’s greatest team event.

The win takes Spieth to number three on the World Amateur Golf Ranking behind Peter Uihlein and world number one Patrick Cantlay.

Harris English’s hopes of joining Spieth at Royal Aberdeen improved when he became the second amateur to win on this year’s Nationwide Tour. English triumphed in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational by a shot when he rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the last hole for a closing 1-under-par 70, and a one shot advantage over fellow amateur John Peterson.

English joins fellow University of Georgia teammate Russell Henley as the only amateur winners on this year’s Nationwide Tour. English moves two spots on the WAGR table to world number four. Peterson improves his status by five places to world number 10.

Robert Karlsson of Sweden makes a dramatic improvement on this week’s ranking following an outstanding performance in the Nordea Masters on the European Tour. Karlsson, no relation to his Ryder Cup namesake, returned a 5-under-par 67 to share the first round lead before eventually finishing joint 24th, consequently moving up 22 places to world number 35.

Daan Huizing of the Netherlands captured the German Invitational Amateur Championship. Huizing moves 15 places on the WAGR table to world number 53.






The Women

Northern Ireland’s ever increasing dominance of world golf was once again highlighted this week as their golfers dominated The European Ladies Amateur Championship at Noordwijkse Golf Club in the Netherlands, with first, second and fourth places.

Sixteen-year-old Lisa Maguire took top spot to become the first Irish player to win the tournament since its inauguration in 1986. Maguire, a member of Slieve Russell Golf Club, took the title by four strokes after rounds of 73, 68, 73 and 79 for a 5-over-par total of 293. Her fourth round score came amid the extremely windy conditions that plagued the final round.

Stephanie Meadow took second spot after fashioning rounds of 78, 71, 75 and 73 for a total of 297, while Lisa’s twin sister Leona took fourth spot after a four round total of 300.

Lisa moves up 10 spots on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to world number 21. Leona breaks into the top 10, moving three spots to world number eight. Meadow also improves her world status by three places, moving to 6th in the world.

Reigning US Women’s Amateur champion Danielle Kang breaks into this week’s top 20 following victory in the Women’s North and South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst. Kang defeated US Girls’ Junior champion Doris Chen 2&1 in the scheduled 36-hole final.

Kang, who plays US college golf for Pepperdine University, trailed by two holes with 10 holes to go, but played the next seven holes in 2-under to take home the title.  As a result, she moves up 13 spots on the WAGR table to world number 13.

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn won the US Girls’ Junior Championship at Olympia Fields in Illinois. The 15-year-old defeated Dottie Ardina to take the title. Jutanugarn moves eight places on the WAGR list to 12th. Ardina moves 14 spots to world number 42.

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