The WomenStephanie Meadow followed in the footsteps of Alan Dunbar when she won the Ladies' British Amateur Championship at Carnoustie. Just a week after Dunbar took the Amateur Championship at Royal Troon, Meadow made it a Portrush double by defeating Spain’s Rocio Sanchez Lobato.
The win capped a fantastic early summer for the 20-year-old member of Royal Portrush. She finished the US college season by helping the University of Alabama win the NCAA Championship and gained the winning point in the Curtis Cup at Nairn.
Meadow began the final quickly, moving three up after six holes. She was never behind in the match, eventually winning the title with a 4&3 victory. The victory earned Meadow an invite to this week’s US Women’s Open, and the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Hoylake in September.
Meadow, who has been based in the United States since 2006, moves seven places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to 13th. Sanchez Lobato leaps 125 places to world number 68. Semifinalists Georgia Hall improves 11 spots to become world number eight, while France’s Perrine Delacour moves into the top 20 to 19th, an improvement of six places.
On the opposite side of the Atlantic, Jaye Marie Green won the Rolex Tournament of Champions at the Capital City Club in Alpharetta, Georgia. The 18-year-old from Boca Raton, Florida, defeated Karen Chung in a playoff after the pair had tied on 3-under-par scores of 277.
Green solidifies her status as the world’s 12th best amateur, while Chung moves 24 places on this week’s ranking to 46th.
World number seven Hyo Joo Kim won the KangMinKoo Cup in her homeland.
Curtis Cup star Amy Boulden is the only other player this week to move inside the world top 20. The Welsh player moves three places to 18th.
England’s Neil Raymond recorded a unique double when he won the Brabazon Trophy at Walton Heath Golf Club. Raymond won the title for the second straight year, the first player to win back-to-back titles in over 20 years.
Phelan took the 36-hole lead with rounds of 68 and 75, but a third round 74 saw him slip behind Raymond. Phelan, who plays college golf at the University of North Florida, matched Raymond’s closing 72 to take second on his own.
Raymond moves 92 spots on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to 105th. Phelan takes his place in the top 100, improving 31 places to world number 72. Rutherford jumps 94 spots to 214th.
European amateurs added the Palmer Cup to the Ryder, Solheim, Walker and Curtis Cups with an incredible victory at Royal County Down. Trailing 6-10 heading into the final singles, the European team won 7 ½ – ½ to win 13 ½ - 10 1/2.
Ben Kohles of the United States moves inside this week’s top 50 after winning the Dogwood Invitational. Kohles, a graduate of the University of Virginia, closed with a final round 67 to finish 17-under-par and defeat Michael Kim by two shots.
Kohles improves 19 places to 32nd while Kim moves seven spots to 52nd.
Beau Hossler’s fortunes continue to improve following his performance in the US Open. The teenager, who made the cut at the Olympic Club, moves inside this week’s top 20, improving five places to 16th.