Daan Huizing of The Netherlands moves into the World Amateur Golf Ranking top 10 this week following his second win in South America in the space of two weeks.
Huizing improves five places to world number six after victory in the Argentine Amateur Championship. The Dutch amateur made short work of Argentina’s Patricio Tolosa, defeating the hometown favourite 9&7 in the scheduled 36-hole final at San Isidro Golf Club in Buenos Aires.
Two up after the morning round, Huizing then went on a run of birdies to give Tolosa no chance. Huizing, who was the third best qualifier for the match play stage, had nine birdies in 29 holes.
The victory put the finishing touches on a fantastic Argentine experience for the Dutch amateur. He took the individual prize in the Juan Tailhade Cup the previous week, and also paired with Robin Kind to win the team title for The Netherlands.
Huizing has climbed nine places in the world order thanks to his trip to Argentina, arriving as world number 15 and leaving with just five players above him on the WAGR table.
South Africa’s Daniel Hammond won the Central Guateng Open over the East Course at Royal Johannesburg Golf Club. Hammond opened with consecutive rounds of 66 before adding a closing 70 for a 14-under-par total of 202 and a two shot win over Francois Coetzee. Hammond moves 86 places to 424th in the world.
Only one other change takes place in this week’s top 20. Daniel Miernicki moves back into the world top 20 in 19th place, an improvement of nine spots.
England’s Charley Hull improves her world ranking this week by one spot, moving to 10th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Do not be surprised if she moves higher in the near future.
The precocious teenager will start 2012 by sticking to a tried and tested game plan to try to climb the ranking.
The 15-year-old from Woburn Golf Club, Ian Poulter’s home club, started her move towards the top 10 with a successful three-week trip to the United States at the beginning of this year. Then just 14, she turned a lot of heads on Florida’s Orange Blossom Tour. She began her three-week stint with 12th place in the Harder Hall. A week later she finished runner-up in the South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship. She capped off her trip by winning the Jones-Doherty Match Play Championship at Coral Ridge Country Club, Fort Lauderdale.
Hull enjoyed the trip so much she will play the same three tournaments at the start of next year.
“I’m looking forward to another three weeks over there,” Hull said. “Some players struggle with the different grasses, especially around the greens, but I didn’t find it a problem. You have to play a lot of flop shots, and I enjoy playing flop shots.”
Hull built upon the experience, going on to win the Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship, finishing runner up in the English Ladies Amateur Championship and winning the English Women’s Stroke Play Championship by four shots.
Hull has her sights set on making the Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup team at Nairn next June. Do not be surprised if she has moved well inside the world top 10 by then.
Argentina’s Manuela Carbajo is the only player to move inside the world top 50 this week following victory in the Argentine Amateur Championship. She improves 11 places to world number 45.