Australia’s Matthew Stieger improves his ranking on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking with victory in the Australian Amateur Championship at Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne. Stieger defeated in-form New Zealander Ben Campbell by one hole to claim his national title. The victory is Stieger’s second of the year after victory in last month’s Tasmanian Open. Stieger moves into the world top 20 as a result, jumping 30 spots to world number 18.
For Campbell, it marked a second consecutive runner-up in the Australian Amateur. He lost to Matt Jager in Perth last year. The talented New Zealander has done everything so far this year except win. He warmed up for his second attempt at winning the Australian crown with a third place finish in the Australian Amateur Stroke Play Championship. Campbell has not finished outside the top five in tournaments played during the Australian summer season. No wonder he is the sixth best amateur in the world.
Cameron Smith won the Australian Amateur Stroke Play Championship after surviving a playoff with England’s David Coupland. Smith birdied the first playoff hole after the pair had tied on 13-under-par. Smith moves to 172nd in the world as a result. Coupland improves his ranking by 34 spots to 138th.
Chris Williams of the United States won the Duck Invitational at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon. Rounds of 67, 71 and 69 gave Williams a 9-under-par total of 207 and a two shot victory. The University of Washington player birdied the final two holes to break out of three way tie at the top of the leaderboard to win the third college tournament of his career. The win moves Williams eight places on the WAGR table to world number 10.
Peter Uihlein regains the number one position on the latest WAGR list over Patrick Cantlay.
Erica Popson of the United States takes her place in the top 10 of this week’s Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking thanks to victory in the Bryan National Collegiate tournament at Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center in Browns, North Carolina. Four shots off the lead heading into the final round, a 1-over-par 73 in wet, cold conditions was good enough to give the 19-year-old a one shot victory and her second win of the US college season. Popson moves 28 places to world number nine.
Australia’s Ashlee Dewhurst needed extra holes to win the Australian Woman's Amateur Championship at Victoria Golf Club to become the first Tasmanian player in 30 years to take the Australian national title. The 22-year-old defeated teenage compatriot Minjee Lee with a birdie at the second extra hole to carry off the biggest title of her amateur career.
Dewhurst won the 2009 Riversdale Cup 2009 and is a student at the Tasmanian Institute of Sport. Winning the Australian national crown earns the Royal Hobart member a spot in the Australian Woman's Open. The victory also vaults her into the WAGR top 100. Dewhurst moves 114 spots to 71st place.
Lee also moves into the top 100, jumping 54 places to world number 63.
Briana Carlson of the United States also joins the world top 100 courtesy of a victory. The Florida Gulf Coast University student returned a final round 5-under-par 67 to win the University of Cincinnati Spring Invitational at Plantation Golf Resort in Crystal River, Florida. Carlson improves her ranking by 45 spots to 86th on the latest ranking.
Belgium’s Laura Gonzalez-Escallon made the biggest inroads into the world top 50 with victory in the Battle of Rancho Bernardo. The Purdue University player returned a closing 68, 4-under-par, the lowest round of the tournament, to clinch a six shot victory. Gonzalez-Escallon moves 42 places to 33rd in the world.