Peter Uihlein of the United States continues to hold top spot on the latest World Amateur Golf Ranking, but Oklahoma State team mate Morgan Hoffmann made a significant move with victory in the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas. Hoffmann claimed his fourth college win and jumps 23 spots in the WAGR list to 10th.
That will please US Walker Cup captain Jim Holtgrieve. Hoffmann was a member of the victorious US team at Merion two years ago, and will be looking to help defend the Walker Cup at Royal Aberdeen, Scotland, on 10-11 September.
Germany’s Sean Einhaus also helped Oklahoma State to victory. He finished in 8th place and moves inside the top 100 into 94th on the latest WAGR table.
Holtgrieve received more good news with Bud Cauley’s victory in the Cleveland Palmetto Invitational. Cauley fired rounds of 66, 66 and 69 for a nine-under-par total of 201, to help his University of Alabama team win the team title. Cauley is now the world’s 19th best amateur. Cauley was also a member of the 2009 US Walker Cup team.
John Hahn’s victory in the Annual Louisiana Classics helped the American move into the world top 50 at 49th place. Others moving into this week’s top 50 include Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo, who moves to 48th, and John Peterson of the United States who takes up 46th place.
Denmark’s Sebastian Cappelen breaks into the top 100 in 91st place thanks to joint-victory in the Seminole Intercollegiate along with Drew Kittleson, the new world number 78, and Sweden’s Jeff Karlsson, who moves up 12 spots to number 63.
Perhaps the most eye-catching victory of the week came in the Mission Inn Spring Fling, where Sam Ryder of Stetson University took individual honours. Headline writers will be hoping he goes on to play in a biennial competition that bears his surname. Ryder moves 177 spots to 830th in the world.
Dottie Ardina of the Philippines makes the most significant move up the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking, following victory in the 33rd Queen Sirikit Cup at Delhi Golf Club in New Delhi, India. Ardina returned rounds of 71, 70 and 70 for a five-under-par total of 211 over the tricky Delhi layout. That was good enough for a one shot victory over Korea’s Hyo Joo Kim. Ardina moves up 46 places into 94th spot, as a result. Kim moves 15 spots to world number 25.
Lindy Duncan of Duke University prevailed in a playoff to win the LSU Golf Classic at the University Club in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Duncan parred the third playoff hole to claim her second college victory after her closing 71 left her locked at the top of the leaderboard with Sweden’s Anna Karin Ljungstrom of Louisville University. Both players tied on 218, two over par. Duncan moves up four spots on the WAGR table to world number five. Ljungstrom moves 139 places to world number 200.
Three players gained footholds on the Women’s WAGR list with victories in different parts of the world. Aideen Kellaghan of Costa Rica won the Costa Rica National Match Play and takes her place at number 2536; France’s Marion Veysseyre won the Grand Prix Carcassone and moves up to world number 2603; while Tariqah Walikraam of Bermuda won the Bermuda Ladies Match Play and comes into the ranking at 2045 place.