If there were any doubts about the strength of women’s amateur golf then the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California quickly dispelled them.
Four of the six invited amateurs made the cut with Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn finishing low amateur after a most consistent performance. Rounds of 71, 73, 71 and 71 gave her a three-under-par total of 286, good enough for a share of 22nd place. Jutanugarn moves two places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to ninth.
Sixteen-year-old Charley Hull finished in the top 40. The world number five managed to finish one-over for the four rounds to place joint 38th.
United States Curtis Cup player Austin Ernst, ranked sixth on this week’s WAGR table, placed 48th on four-over-par, while Jaye Marie Green, the world number 23, was one shot worse on five-over in 56th position.
Nobuhle Dlamini of Swaziland makes the most dramatic move on this week’s ranking thanks to victory in the Kwazulu-Natal Match Play Championship. Dlamini rockets into the top 10 to world number four, an improvement of 18 places. Dlamini defeated Monja Richards 4&2 to take the title.
Canada’s Jennifer Kirby moves 61 places on this week’s ranking to world number 113 thanks to victory in the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Georgia. Rounds of 66, 72 and 71 gave the University of Alabama player a 54-hole total of 209.
Ani Gulugian and Demi Runas shared the spoils in the PING/ASU Invitational at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona. Gulugian of UCLA and UC Davis player Runas tied for first on totals of 212, one-under-par, to finish two strokes ahead of two players.
Gulugian improves her world ranking 42 places to 116, while Runas moves from 87th to 74th on this week’s table.
Daniel Miernicki moves inside this week’s world top 50 thanks to an emphatic victory in the Stanford Intercollegiate in Stanford, California. Miernicki, in his final year at the University of Oregon, defeated a trio of players by five shots after posting two 66s in three rounds.
He opened and closed with four-under-par 66s, sandwiching a 72 in between for 54-hole total of 209.
Miernicki moves 21 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to 31st as a result.
Sweden’s Niclas Carlsson was one of three players from Auburn University of finish in the top four of the Hootie @ Bulls Bay Intercollegiate in Awendaw, South Carolina as Auburn won the team title by nine shots over Virginia.
Carlsson edged out team mate Blayne Barber and Kentucky’s David Snyder by a shot after compiling rounds of 70, 70 and 71 for a five-under-par total of 211. Auburn’s Will McCurdy finished two shots behind in fourth place. It marked Carlsson’s second victory in his second season at Auburn.
Carlsson improves 77 places on this week’s ranking to world number 100. Barber improves to nine places to 28th. Snyder jumps 278 spots to 1061st and McCurdy goes to 84th from 88th.
Austin Gutgsell used home field advantage to win the LSU Invitational in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Gutgsell, a student at Louisiana State University, closed with a seven-under-par 65 around the LSU University Club to run away from the field. The victory helps Gutgsell leap 498 spots on this week’s ranking to world number 510.
Amateur Champion Bryden Macpherson received good news on the eve of the Masters. The Australian, who won The Amateur at Hillside last year to earn his Masters invitation, moved back inside the top 50 to 47th, an improvement of 26 places.