Patrick Cantlay sits atop the world order this week thanks to second place in the NCAA Division I Stroke Play Championship. The UCLA golfer replaces Peter Uihlein at the top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Cantlay, in his first year at UCLA, returned rounds of 72, 69 and 71 over the Karsten Creek Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma, for a four-under-par total of 212. That left him one stroke adrift of NCAA Stroke Play Champion John Peterson of Louisiana State University. Uihlein finished in joint-third place with four other players on one under par, four shots off the lead.
Peterson, who broke the course record with a second round 65, helped his LSU team to a unique double. Austin Ernst won the NCAA women’s individual title last month. It is the first time two players from the same college have won both titles in the same year.
The win takes Peterson inside the world top ten to 9th place, an improvement of 12 places.
Augusta State emerged as NCAA Champions for the second straight year after defeating Georgia in the final. The team of Mitchell Krywulycz, Carter Newman, Olle Bengtsson, Patrick Reed and Henrik Norlander gave Augusta the title. Reed’s individual performance takes him to 18th place from 39th.
England’s Tom Lewis took a giant step towards confirming his place on the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team with victory in the St Andrews Links Trophy. The 20-year-old from Welwyn Garden City, Sir Nick Faldo’s birthplace, closed with a five-under-par 67 over the Old Course for an eight-under-par total of 279, winning by four shots from Daan Huizing from the Netherlands, Welshman Rhys Enoch and Sebastian Maclean from Bolivia.
Lewis jumps 15 places on the WAGR table to world number 22. Huizing’s runner-up spot takes him inside the world top 100 in 70th place, up 64 places.
Karen Chung put on something of a clinic at Grayhawk Golf Club en route to victory in the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior. The 16-year-old from Livingston, New Jersey, recorded 14 birdies over 54 holes to breeze to a six-shot victory over Simin Feng.
Rounds of 68, 70 and 71 for a 7-under-par total of 207 saw Chung claim the biggest win of her young life. She and Feng distanced themselves from the field with opening 68s, but Chung’s lead was only three shots after 45 holes.
“After I reached the back nine, I think I only had a three-shot lead. I calmed down and I told myself ‘A three-shot lead is a lot in this tournament,' and I just kept focusing,” Chung said. “This is my first Invitational win and it feels so good.”
Chung won the AJGA Girls Championship the last two years, and also finished runner up to Alexis Thompson in the 2008 USGA Girls Junior Championship.
The win takes Chung’s inside the top 100 on this week’s Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. She moves to 97th, an improvement of 41 places.
Germany’s Karolin Lampert won the German Girls Open in her homeland, improving her world ranking by 21 spots to number 71.
Dottie Ardina of the Philippines triumphed in the Philippine Closed Match Play Championship to enter the top 50 in 43rd place, an improvement of 31places.
Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom breaks into this week’s top 10, moving to 8th from 14th last week. Austin Ernst of the United States, meanwhile, drops out of the top 10, moving to 11th from 10th.
New Zealand’s Lydia Ko remains the world’s top-ranked amateur ahead of compatriot Cecilia Cho. Both are in action in this week’s Women’s British Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush.