Nobuhle Dlamini is quickly making a name for herself in amateur golf. The Swaziland player has rocketed up the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking this year.
Dlamini took her second title in the month of April with an emphatic win in the South African Stroke Play Championship at Umhlali Country Club. Dlamini began the final round with an eight-shot lead, and returned a 73 to win by 10 strokes.
It follows victory in the Kwazulu-Natal Match Play Championship at the start of the month. Earlier this year she won the Eastern Cape Match Play and Stroke Play Championships, and the North West Stroke Play Championship.
No wonder Dlamini has moved into the top 10 on the WAGR table. She moves 24 places on this week’s ranking to become the 10th best player in the world.
New Zealand’s Cecilia Cho (pictured) moves back to world number two, swapping places with South Africa’s Kim Williams, who drops to world number three. Sixteen-year-old Charley Hull improves one spot to world number four, her highest ever ranking.
Nicole Morales of the United States is the only player to move into this week’s top 20, improving 11 places to 19th. Lisa Maguire of Northern Ireland and Lisa McCloskey of Colombia move into this week’s top 50. McCloskey jumps 21 spots to world number 48, while Maguire improves seven places to 49th.
Patricia Sanz of Spain moves 257 spots on this week’s ranking to 226th in the world after winning the SEC Championship in US college golf. The University of Auburn player took the title at Blessings Golf club in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Sanz began with rounds of 69 and 73 and then managed a five-over-par 77 in a final round plagued by strong winds to win by a shot over Marina Alex of Vanderbilt University.
Sam Ryder is a famous name in golf. He’s the man who gave the world the Cup named after him that produces so much drama every two years. So the fellow by the same name who attends Stetson University in Florida has a lot to live up to.
He did just that by winning the Atlantic Sun Championship at Chateau Elan in Georgia. Rounds of 74, 68 and 71 gave Ryder a 54-hole total of 213, three-under-par, and a two-shot victory over three players. Ryder, in his final year at Stetson, moves 91 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to 184th.
Victor Perez becomes the latest Frenchman to win on the tough college golf circuit. The University of New Mexico student won the Aggie Invitational at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas. Perez improved in every round with scores of 73, 71 and 69 for a three-under-par total of 213 and a four shot-victory over Daniel Miernicki of the University of Oregon. Perez was the only player under par for the 54 holes. It is his first college win in his first year at New Mexico, and moves him 77 places on this week’s ranking to 153rd.
Miernicki moves back inside the world top 20, improving five places to world number 19.
Three players move inside this week’s top 50. Barrett Kelpin of the United States improves 26 places to 36th. Spain’s Jon Rahm-Rodriguez jumps 14 spots to world number 43. While Portuguese amateur Ricardo Gouveia moves from 53rd to 45th. Gouveia is the world’s second highest ranked Portuguese amateur behind world number 31 Pedro Figueiredo.