The Men

Cheng-tsung Pan of Chinese Taipei has broken into the World Amateur Golf Ranking top 10 thanks to an impressive victory in The Prestige at PGA West tournament on the US college golf circuit.

The Chinese Taipei amateur was the only player to return three rounds in the 60s over the Greg Norman Course at PGA West in La Quinta, California. The University of Washington player returned progressively better rounds of 69, 67 and a closing seven-under-par 65 for a 15-under-par total of 201. That gave him a three-shot victory over Oregon’s Eugene Wong.

Pan is only in his first season at Washington. He warmed up for his first year in college golf by qualifying for this year’s US Open. Needless to say, he was expected to do well on the tough college circuit. It did not take him long to live up to expectations.

Pan leaps 15 places on this week’s WAGR table to number 10. 

Belgium’s Thomas Pieters won his first college tournament with victory in the Jack Nicklaus Invitational. The University of Illinois player set the tone early over Nicklaus’s Memorial course with an opening six-under-par 66. That was good enough for a two-shot lead over the field and proved an ample cushion over the next two rounds. Further scores of 71 and 72 gave the 19-year-old a two-shot victory.

Pieters improves his world ranking by 15 Spots, moving to world number 29. 

Brett Drewitt of Australia captured the individual prize in the Four Nations Cup, helping his country take the team title too. Rounds of 72, 76, 65 and 68 for a four round total of 281 gave Drewitt a five-shot victory over countryman Todd Sinnott and New Zealand’s Ben Campbell.

Drewitt moves 135 places on this week’s ranking to world number 460.

The Women

Canada’s Soo-Bin Kim makes a dramatic move into the top 100 of this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking following victory in the Stanford Intercollegiate.

Kim, who plays golf for the University of Washington, opened with a five-under-par 66 over the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, California, and closed with the same score for a 13-under-par total of 200. She returned a 68 in round two. Those numbers were good enough to give her a two-shot advantage over Stephanie Kono of UCLA.

The victory came in only Kim’s third college tournament. Moreover, she set a record for the lowest 54-hole total in University of Washington history.

Kim moves a massive 315 places on this week’s world order to 90th place.

Kim’s improvement is not the biggest on this week’s WAGR table. That accomplishment falls to South Africa’s Cara Gorlei following victory in the Gus Ackerman Stroke Play Trophy in her homeland. Gorlei defeated Kelly Erasmus at Westlake Golf Club in a two-hole playoff to move 840 places on this week’s ranking to 482nd.  

Gorlei’s compatriot Kim Williams has not move quite as far up the ranking, but she makes a significant leap forward nonetheless. She steps up one place to world number three following victory in the Boland Ladies Amateur Match Play Championship.

Williams, the reigning South African Stroke Play champion, defeated foursomes partner Henriette Frylinck 2&1 in the final. It continues a sterling year for Williams. She also won the Gauteng North Stroke Play and Match Play Championships.

Jaye Marie Green of Boca Raton, Florida captured the American Junior Golf Association’s Ping Invitational at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Green, the world number 17, took the title by five shots over Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, the world number seven.

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