Steve Lim makes the biggest move on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking following an impressive win in the Gifford Collegiate-CordeValle tournament in San Martin, California.
Lim was the only player in the field to break 70 in all three rounds. Scores of 66, 67 and 69 helped him to an 11-under-par total of 202 and a one-shot victory over world number one Patrick Cantlay.
An opening round of 63 saw Cantlay take the early lead, but successive rounds of 70 weren’t good enough to stop Lim earning his first college victory. Cantlay was one of a number of high calibre players in the field. World number four Chris Williams finished joint fifth, while world number three Patrick Rodgers placed equal ninth.
Lim leaps 62 places on this week’s ranking to 39th as a result.
MJ Daffue won the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas, Texas. Daffue, who plays for Lamar University, opened with a six-under-par 65, and added rounds of 70 and 67 for an 11-under-par 202 total to win by three shots over a trio of players.
The South African set a tournament record 54-hole score in winning his third collegiate title. He also improves his world ranking by 142 places, moving to 193rd in the world.
Fellow South African Dylan Frittelli is the only player to break into this week’s top 20. Frittelli, who plays college golf for the University of Texas, moves one place to 20th following three second place finishes on the college golf circuit this season.
James Erkenbeck of the University of New Mexico makes the biggest move into the world top 100 this week, moving 82 places to world number 52 following 19th place in the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.
France’s Manon Gidali takes her place in the top 50 of this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking following victory in the Trophee des Regions in her homeland.
Rounds of 72 and 68 for a 140 total gave the French amateur a seven shot victory over compatriots Ariane Provot and Emilie Alonso. Gidali makes the most impressive move on this week’s ranking, improving 16 places to world number 39. She is now France’s highest ranked amateur, edging out Celine Boutier by three spots.
Alonso moves inside the top 100 to 87th, an improvement of 17 places.
Scotland’s Sally Watson moves back inside the top 100 into 94th spot, an improvement of seven places, following her second top 10 in four college tournaments this autumn for Stanford University. Watson, who is bidding to regain her place at next year’s Curtis Cup match at Nairn following her debut in 2010, finished seventh in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational at Kapolei Golf Club, Hawaii. Watson also won the Cougar Classic to start the college season.
Lee Lopez of UCLA took first place in Hawaii after rounds of 68, 71 and 70 for a four shot victory over a trio of players. She moves two places on this week’s ranking to world number 43.
Canada’s Nicole Vandermade won the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invite event at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin. Vandermade, a student at the University of Texas, won by a shot over Madison Pressel, younger sister of LPGA star Morgan.
Vandermade returned rounds of 72, 73 and 69 for a 214 total and the first win of her college career. She improves her ranking by 66 spots, moving to world number 216.