The 18-year-old Dallas native ended his American Junior Golf Association career with a four shot victory over Cody Proveaux, thanks to 10-under-par score punctuated by a closing 2-under-par 70. The win moved Spieth into the top 10 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He jumped six places to fifth in the latest WAGR ranking.
Spieth was invited to participate in the USA Walker Cup practice session in Florida in January, and many feel he is a good bet to make the 10-man team for the match at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club September 10-11.
Proveaux might not have left Houston with a win, but finishing runner-up did wonders for his international status. The Leesville, South Carolina player jumped 360 places on the latest ranking, moving from 501st spot to 141st.
James White of Georgia Tech University won the Puerto Rico Classic to jump 23 places on the latest WAGR ranking, moving to 41st spot. Bud Cauley finished runner-up and improved his ranking by 15 spots, moving to 30th on the WAGR list. Cauley is bidding to join Spieth in Aberdeen for his second Walker Cup experience after helping the US win at Merion two years ago.
Spain’s Emilio Cuartero, winner of the 2007 British Boys Championship, won his first college tournament in his first year at the University of Missouri with victory in the WSU Snowman Getaway event in Chandler, Arizona. Cuartero won by five strokes and helped Missouri take the team title by 25 shots. The Spaniard moved 65 places on the ranking, but is still outside the top 200 in 222nd place.
The latest release of the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking points to a wealth of international talent in the women’s amateur game. Five nations are represented in the top 10, with Japan’s Mitsuki Katahira retaining her number one spot over New Zealand’s Cecilia Cho, with fellow Kiwi Lydia Ko taking third place.
Katahira earned her number one ranking with equal first place in the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate. The Daytona State College player shared the spoils with Sarah Bejgrowicz, who plays for Campbell University. Bejgrowicz jumped 103 places to 168th on the WAGR.
Nineteen-year-old Austin Ernst made the biggest move on this week’s ranking. She jumped 582 spots with her first college golf victory. The Louisiana State University freshman overcame a three shot deficit in the final round to win the Central District Invitational at the River Wilderness Golf Club in Parrish, Florida. Her level par 72 was good enough for a one shot victory to move her from 1117th spot to 535th. Brooke Beeler of Texas Christian University finished runner up to move inside the top 100. She jumped 39 places to 80th on the list.
Fourteen year-old Charley Hull retained bragging rights as the highest ranked English player. Hull, a plus 3 handicap at Woburn Golf Club, is 29th best player in the world. She earned her top 30 spot thanks to a fantastic three–week spell on the Florida Orange Blossom Circuit. Hull capped off her Florida fling with victory in the Ione D Jones/Doherty Championship, a week after finishing runner-up in the Women’s South Atlantic Amateur Championship (The Sally). Hull began her Florida sojourn with 12th place in the Harder Hall Women’s Invitational.
Australia’s Breanna Elliot, winner of the 2010 Champion of Champions tournament, moved into the world top 50 with a jump of 12 places to 45th spot.