Matt Thompson makes the most dramatic move on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking thanks to the best round of his life.
Thompson returned a final round of 65, five-under-par, to win the Windon Memorial Classic at Evanston Golf Club in Skokie, Illinois. Thompson, in his final year at the University of Michigan, birdied three of his last four holes to win his first college title.
The native of Battle Creek, Michigan, began the final round in 12th place after rounds of 69 and 71. He saved his best for last to finish with a five-under-par total of 205. It was good enough for a two-shot victory over Eric Chun of Northwestern University.
Ethan Tracy of Arkansas began the final round in first place with a one-shot lead but faded over the final round to post a 73 over the par 70 course.
Thompson breaks into the top 100 on the WAGR table. He moves 45 places to world number 96.
Norway’s Joakim Mikkelsen moves into the top 50 in 46th place, an improvement of 10 spots, after finishing second in the Lone Star Invitational. Mikkelsen, who plays golf for Baylor University, finished a shot behind winner Jeff Wibawa of Rice University.
For Mikkelsen it’s just a continuation of good play since the summer. He reached the quarterfinals of the Amateur Championship at Hillside, losing to France’s Sebastian Gros on the final hole.
Canada’s Eugene Wong won the Alister MacKenzie Invitational at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, California. The University of Oregon player took the title by five shots after rounds of 65, 63 and 67 for an 18-under-par total of 195.
Wong moves 89 places on this week’s WAGR table to 152nd.
Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow moves four steps up this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to world number four following her first victory of the college season. It’s a victory that could book her a place on the Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup team to face the United States at Nairn Golf Club next June.
Meadow captured her fourth college golf title with victory in the Mercedes-Benz SEC/PAC 12 Challenge at the Holsten Hills Country Club in Knoxville, Tennessee. Meadow, who is in her second year at the University of Alabama, returned rounds of 68, 71 and 72 to finish on five-under-par 211 to win the title by two shots from Lauren Stratton.
The Northern Irish amateur won three times in her first year at Alabama to finish last season as a first team All-American. Her fourth victory came in just her 15th college golf tournament.
Meadow is in pole position to make the GB&I team next year. She was first reserve for the 2010 match.
Meadow, from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, is now the highest ranked player from the Irish isle on the WAGR table. She is two spots higher than Leona Maguire, who moves three spots this week to world number six.
Maria Salinas of Peru makes the biggest move into the world top 50. The first year student at the University of Tennessee moves 13 spots to world number 43.
Scotland’s Kelsey MacDonald did her chances of a Curtis Cup place the power of good by moving into the world top 100. She moves 20 spots on this week’s WAGR table to 84th. MacDonald would not have to worry about getting to know the Nairn links in preparation for the biennial match. She is member of Nairn.