Justin Thomas breaks into this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking top 20 after earning his second victory in a month, and his second college win in just five tournaments.
Thomas is in his first year at the University of Alabama, but the Kentucky resident has wasted no time in making a name for himself on the tough US college golf circuit.
His latest victory came in the Puerto Rico Classic over the 6,902-yard, par-72 River Course at the Rio Mar Country Club in Puerto Rico. Rounds of 67, 71 and 68 gave Thomas a 10-under-par total of 206 and a one shot victory over Talor Gooch of Oklahoma State. Thomas wasn’t the only Alabama player to shine. He was one of four Alabama players to finish in the top seven, as Alabama went on to take the team title by 18 shots over Clemson.
Thomas won the Jones Cup Invitational earlier this month. Last September he triumphed in the Carpet Capital Collegiate for his first college tournament. No wonder he is now 18th on the WAGR table, an improvement of 11 places.
Alex Rowland and Lee Bedford shared the spoils in the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate at Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course in Mobile, Alabama. Bedford of Wake Forest University and Mississippi State player Rowland finished on four-under-par 212 to share the title by a shot.
Bedford moves eight places on this week’s WAGR table to 71st. Rowland improves his status by 135 places to world number 345th.
Shun Yat Hak of Hong Kong moves inside the world top 30 after victory in the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods, in The Woodlands, Texas. Hak took the American Junior Golf Association event by three shots after rounds of 70, 74 and 69 for a three-under-par total of 213. Hak improves his ranking 13 places to 28th.
Whitney Hillier is making up for lost time. The Australian spent two years out of the game because of injury, but has returned to competitive golf with a vengeance.
Just a month after winning the Lake Macquarie Amateur Championship by seven shots, Hillier won the prestigious Riversdale Cup in Melbourne by four strokes. Rounds of 73, 73, 72 and 68 gave the member of Joondalup Golf Club in Perth a four shot victory over Emily Perry and Su Oh.
Hillier won Australian Girls’ Championship in 2008 before a wrist injury forced her to sit out much of the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Her latest victory sees her move into the top 40 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking. She improves her status this week four places to 36th.
Chirapat Jao-Javanil of Thailand breaks into this week’s top 100 thanks to victory in the Central District Invitational on the US college circuit. Rounds of 68, 70 and 74 for a 54-hole total of 212, four-under-par, over the River Wilderness Golf Club in Parrish, Florida, helped the University of Oklahoma player to a two-shot victory over Tessa Teachman of Louisiana State University.
Jao-Javanil moves to world number 90, an improvement of 35 places.
France’s Manon Gidali moves into the world top 20 following her second victory in her short college golf career. Gidali, who recently won the Arizona Wildcat Invitational on her college debut, shared first place with compatriot Isabelle Boineau in the UNLV Spring Rebel Women's Invitational. The University of Arizona players tied for the lead on two-over-par 218 to head the field by two shots.
Gidali moves five spots on this week’s WAGR table to 15th. Boineau moves six places to 103rd.
Jaye Marie Green of the United States also moves inside the world top 20 this week, improving six places to 16th.