It’s been a good spell for the Maguire girls. Leona won the Portuguese Amateur Championship a few weeks ago and stands 5th in the WAGR table. Lisa’s victory moves her into the top 20 to 12th in the latest ranking.
There was more good news for Northern Irish golf when Stephanie Meadow won the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate at English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans. Meadow, from Jordanstown in Northern Ireland, won by a stroke from Megan McChrystal thanks to a second round 6-under-par 66. It marked Meadow’s second consecutive college victory following a win in the Lady Puerto Rico Classic two weeks ago, her first win in college golf. Meadow, a student at the University of Alabama, moves to 29th in the world.
Chile’s Paz Echeverria moves into the top 100 thanks to victory in the Abierto de Chile event in her homeland. She is now ranked 82 in the world. Others to move into the top 100 included Germany’s Vicki Troeltsch at number 87, and Columbia’s Maribel Lopez, who moves to 97th on the latest WAGR list.
The latest World Amateur Golf Ranking is good news for Nigel Edwards and the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team. Edwards will captain the ten man GB&I team to take on the United States at Royal Aberdeen, September 10-11 and will be buoyed by the recent performances of three of his squad members.
Scotland’s Michael Stewart took a huge step towards a place in Edwards’ team by winning the South African Amateur Championship. Stewart defeated countryman Paul Shields 5&4 in the 36 hole final at Vaal de Grace Estate Golf Club. The Troon player already holds the Scottish Amateur title after winning that championship last year. He moves to 32nd spot on the current WAGR ranking as a result.
England’s Laurie Canter gave Edwards more to smile about when he won the Spanish Amateur Championship. Canter defeated fellow Walker Cup squad member Stiggy Hodgson 11&10 at Royal Golf El Prat, Barcelona. Canter first came to prominence last year when he won the South African Match Play, the West of England Stroke Play Championship and the Hampshire Hog. Canter’s Spanish victory takes him into the top 100 on the WAGR list in 82nd spot.
Hodgson may not have put up much of a fight against his compatriot, but reaching the final will help his chances of second consecutive Walker Cup appearance. The diminutive Englishman gained plaudits at Merion two years ago when he recorded two wins and two losses in a losing GB&I effort. Hodgson is now the 78th ranked amateur in the world.
There was also good news for US Walker Cup captain Jim Holtgrieve. He will have been impressed with Patrick Cantlay’s victory in the USC Intercollegiate. Cantlay improved his chances of traveling to Aberdeen with a two-stroke victory over Scott Pinckney to help his UCLA team finish second. Cantlay is now world number two behind Peter Uihlein. Pinckney’s reward for runner-up is 86th spot on the WAGR table.