Cory Whitsett of the United States survived a three-man playoff to win the Western Refining All-America Golf Classic and move into this week’s top 50 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Rounds of 69, 69 and 68 at El Paso Country Club gave the University of Alabama player a seven-under-par total of 206 along with Todd Baek of San Diego State University and Jace Long of the University of Missouri. Whitsett broke the deadlock with a birdie on the third extra hole.
It marks the second career college win for the native of Houston, Texas, following victory in the Linger Longer Invitational last season. The second year student moves to 38th in the world, an improvement of 28 places. He is the only player to break into this week’s top 50.
Baek moves six places on this week’s ranking to number 27, while Long improves his status by two spots to 30th.
Chile’s Juan Carlos Cortes makes a dramatic move into the world top 100 following fourth place in the Abierto Los Leones tournament in his homeland. Cortes was one of two amateurs to finish in the top 10 along with countryman Guillermo Pereira.
Rounds of 69, 71, 76 and 70 for a 2-under-par total of 286 saw Cortes finish 10 shots behind the lead, but only one shot out of second. Cortes improves his world status by 98 spots to world number 66, and is Chile’s top male amateur.
Peter Uihlein makes a move back towards the number one spot he held for so long. He swaps places with US Amateur champion Kelly Kraft. Uihlein moves two spots to world number seven while Kraft drops to number nine.
Minjee Lee is now the top Australian in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking following her victory at the Elvie Whitesides 72 hole Stroke Play Championship in Tasmania.
The 15-year-old improves her ranking by eight places to move to enter the world top 20 at number 13, overtaking compatriot Ashlee Dewhurst, world number 18, in the process.
Rounds of 72, 68, 78 and 74 at Launceston Golf Club helped Lee to a four-over-par total of 292, good enough for a one-shot victory over Tasmanian Dewhurst. It was revenge for losing to Dewhurst on the 20th hole of the Australian Amateur Championship in March.
It also caps a fantastic season for Lee. Among her accomplishments are victories in the Western Australia State Amateur Championship, the Singapore Ladies Amateur Championship, the Handa Junior Masters and the Nedlands Masters.
Nicole Morales is the week’s biggest mover after her victory in the Polo Junior Classic. The high school student from Salem, New York, moves a massive 449 places to 33rd in the world after defeating Jessica Vasilic 3&1 at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Playing in only her third American Junior Golf Association event, Morales found herself three down early after Vasilic birdied three of the first four holes. However, Morales remained patient to square the match with a birdie at the 10th before getting in front on the 13th and never looking back.
Morales also reached the round of 16 at this year’s US Women’s Amateur Championship.
Casey Danielson of the United States is the only other player to move into this week’s top 50. She moves 59 places to world number 44.