The Men

Chris WilliamsChris Williams didn’t relinquish his world number one crown for long. Just one week to be precise.

Williams moves back to the top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking following victory in the Western Amateur Championship. He dropped to fourth place last week as Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama took top spot. However, he goes back to the top of the world after winning at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Illinois.

Williams, who plays college golf at the University of Washington, won in style. He began the match play stages as leading qualifier. His 17-under-par total of 271 bettered the record he set last year by a stroke. Last year he lost in the first round. This year he fought through to the final to defeat Jordan Russell by one hole. 

Russell moves 21 places on this week’s ranking to 28th. Matsuyama drops one place to world number two.

Rowin Caron of the Netherlands won the Zomerwedstrijd - Brabants Open in his homeland to jump 292 places this week to world number 192.

Harry Ellis became the youngest winner of English Amateur Championship when he defeated Henry Tomlinson 2&1 in the 36-hole final at Silloth-on-Solway Golf Club. The 16 year-old bettered the record for youngest winner Sir Nick Faldo set in 1975. Faldo was 18 when he won at Royal Lytham. Ellis moves a massive 1856 places on this week’s ranking to 597th.

Scotland’s Grant Forrest recorded an emphatic victory in the Scottish Amateur Championship at Royal Dornoch. The 19-year-old player defeated Richard Docherty 9&7 in the scheduled 36-hole final.

Forrest, who has just completed his first season at the University of San Diego, moves 133 places to world number 172.

Jason Shufflebotham successfully defended the Welsh Amateur Championship at Royal St David’s Golf Club when he defeated Will Jones by one hole. Shufflebotham improves 81 spots to 230th.


The Women

Mark up another impressive victory for Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn. She solidifies her status as the world’s number two woman amateur behind New Zealand’s Lydia Ko thanks to a successful defence of her Junior PGA Girls Championship title.

Jutanugarn stormed to a 10-shot victory last year. She didn’t have it so easy this time around. She entered the final round tied for the lead with Samantha Wagner. However, she found herself trailing the American with four holes to go. That’s when she shifted into top gear. She birdied the last four holes to win by three shots.

She adds the title to the AJGA Rolex Girls, US Girls Junior and Canadian Women’s Amateur titles she has already won this season.

Wagner jumps 316 places on this week’s ranking to 154th in the world.

Italy’s Guilia Molinaro moves into this week’s top 50 following victory in the Swiss International Amateur Championship. She moves 19 places to world number 32.

Karolina Vlckova of Czech Republic won her home amateur title, winning the Czech International Amateur. She moves 43 places this week to world number 126.

England’s Emily Taylor won the English Girls’ Close Amateur Championship at Sandiway Golf Club. She closed with a 6-under-par 66 for a 72-hole total of 283, 5-under-par, and a five shot victory over Meghan MacLaren. Taylor improves 10 places on this week’s ranking to 61st. MacLaren moves 15 spots to 119th.

There are no moves into this week’s top 20. However, Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup star Bronte Law moves inside the top 50. The English player jumps 56 spots to world number 32. Spain’s Marta Silva Zamora also moves inside the top 50, improving one spot to occupy 50th place.


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