The Women

Lindy Duncan is on course to break into the World Amateur Golf Ranking top ten following an impressive victory in the NorthropGrumman Reg Women's Challenge.

The Duke University student was the only player in the field to break par over 54 holes at Palos Verdes Golf Club in California. Rounds of 69, 71 and 70 over the par-71 course gave Duncan a three round total of 210, three-under-par, good enough for a four shot victory over Germany’s Sophia Popov, who plays for the University of Southern California.

Duncan has now won twice in this college season, having also triumphed in the Mason Rudolph Collegiate Championship in the autumn. She has now won four times in three years at Duke and moves three spots on this week’s ranking to 12th. Popov moves inside the top 20, improving her status nine spots to 15th.

Spain’s Marta Silva Zamora also improves three places this week. The Spaniard claimed the Lady Puerto Rico Classic at Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico to move to 14th on this week’s ranking.

The University of Georgia player took the title by two shots over a trio of players after scores of 74, 66 and 73 for a three-round total of 213. The Spaniard has now won six times in three and a half years at Georgia, one victory short of tying the Georgia record held by Vicki Goetze and Shauna Estes.

Meanwhile, Victoria Trapani moves 301 places on this week’s WAGR table thanks to victory in the UCF Challenge at RedTail Golf Club in Sorrento, Florida. The University of Auburn player scored rounds of 68, 72 and 73 for a three-under-par total of 213 and a one shot victory over Gemma Dryburgh of Tulane University. Trapani is now ranked 200th in the world. 

The Men

England’s Garrick Porteous improves his status as the world’s leading English amateur by breaking into this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking top 50.

The resident of Morpeth, England, moves 17 places on this week’s ranking to 42nd after a second place finish in the San Diego Invitational on the college golf circuit.

Despite a closing three-under-par 69, Porteous had to take a back seat to San Diego’s Alex Ching, who benefitted from home course advantage to win by one shot. Porteous is the first English top 50 player since last year’s Walker Cup. England’s presence in the top 50 was erased when Tom Lewis, Jack Senior and Andrew Sullivan turned professional.

Closest challengers to Porteous are Ben Taylor, who occupies 73rd spot, and world number 93 David Coupland.

Ching moves inside this week’s top 100 courtesy of his fifth career college victory. The man from Hawaii moves to world number 83, an improvement of 48 places.

German golfers clearly enjoy playing in Portugal, at least if the Portuguese Amateur Championship is anything to go by. German amateurs occupied two of the top three places in Portugal’s national championship. Moritz Lampert won the championship at Montado Golf Resort near Lisbon with scores of 68, 74, 65 and 72, for a four-round total of 279, nine-under-par. He won by two shots from compatriot Marcel Schneider and France’s Adrien Saddier.

Lampert moves 190 places on this week’s WAGR table to 196th. Schneider moves five places to 28th. Saddier improves his status 101 spots to 118th.

Australia’s Jake Higginbottom won the Riversdale Cup in his homeland, and moves two spots on this week’s ranking to 11th.


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