Australian Jake Higginbottom makes the biggest move on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking thanks to victory in the Keperra Bowl in Brisbane. The 17-year-old defeated world number 12 Matt Stieger by a stroke for his second victory in as many weeks.
Higginbottom turned up for the tournament in good form, having defeated Tim Hart 2&1 in the previous week’s Queensland Amateur Championship. Rounds of 67, 67, 69 and 70 for a 15-under-par total of 273 proved he is a player to watch in coming years.
The six foot tall Higginbottom is a member of the Australian Golf Club in Sydney and is funded to play amateur golf by an Australian Golf Club Foundation Scholarship.
Last year, Higginbottom won the New South Wales Amateur at Royal Sydney when he defeated Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup player Tommy Fleetwood. He also won the China Amateur Open. Throw in a string of wins in junior golf and it’s no wonder he is now one of the world top 100 amateurs. His Keperra win moves him 25 spots to world number 94.
World number one Peter Uihlein won the prestigious Hogan Award in US college golf this week at a banquet held at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, Ben Hogan’s home town. The Golf Coaches Association of America hand out the Hogan Award annually to the top player in all divisions of US college golf, taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during a 12-month period.
Uihlein edged out world number two Patrick Cantlay and world number seven and Oklahoma State team mate Morgan Hoffmann to take the award.
The world’s number amateur also gave Oklahoma State good news during the award ceremony. He pledged to complete his senior year in college golf before turning professional.
Victory in the Gauteng Amateur Championship sees South Africa’s Monique Smit make the biggest move on this week’s Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. Smit defeated Bertine Strauss 4&3 over the Windsor Course at Randpark Golf Club, Johannesburg to win the title.
Smit rockets up this week’s ranking from 385th spot to 27th. Strauss solidifies her top 10 status, moving from 10th to 8th.
Peru’s Maria Salinas moves into the world top 50 courtesy of victory in her homeland. Salinas won the Copa Komatsu-Mitsui tournament to improve her ranking by five places to world number 49.
Taylor Collins of the United States breaks into the world top 100 after taking the individual title in the NCAA Division II Championship. The Nova Southeastern University student took the individual title by eight strokes as Nova Southeastern won its third consecutive national title. Rounds of 68, 69, 66 and 75 gave her a 10-under-par total of 278, setting a new NCAA Division II Championship record. Collins improves her ranking by 74 places to 58th.
The English Ladies Amateur Championship at West Sussex provided one of the most exciting finishes in the tournament’s history. An all Woburn final between Lucy Williams and Charley Hull saw the 21-year-old Williams, daughter of former European Tour player David, come from one down with two to play to take the championship to a playoff.
Williams and Hull both birdied the 17th before Williams holed a 30-foot eagle putt on the 18th to take the match down the 19th hole. Williams defeated her 15-year-old club mate when she birdied that hole to win her national championship on her debut.
Williams moves 390 places on the ranking to world number 292. Hull improves her ranking three places to world number 16.