The Men

Chris WilliamsTwo birdies over his last two holes gave Kevin Penner victory in the Sahalee Players Championship at Sahalee Country Club in Seattle and moved him into the top 40 of this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Penner birdied the par-5, 18th hole to get into a playoff with world number two Chris Williams (pictured right) and Ben Geyer after the trio had tied on 9-under-par. Penner then birdied the hole a second successive time in the sudden death playoff to take the title.

The University of Nevada at Las Vegas player rises 20 places on this week’s ranking to 31. Williams stays at world number two, while Geyer also moves 20 places to world number 60.

Peter Williamson moves inside this week’s top 30 after winning the North & South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst. Williamson did not drop a shot in 15 holes of the scheduled 18-hole final as he defeated Thomas Bradshaw 4&3.

Williamson entered the match play stages as top seed after defeating Albin Choi and Michael Cromie in a playoff. Williamson improves 55 places this week to world number 26. Bradshaw moves 175 places to 185th on the ranking.

World number 35 Haydn Porteous triumphed in the Limpopo Open in his homeland and remains the world’s second highest ranked South African behind world number 23 Brandon Stone.

Hideto Kobukuro of Japan won the Japan Amateur Championship and jumps 1,451 places on this week’s ranking to 462nd.

Spain’s Carlos Pigem won the World University Championship in Czechoslovakia and takes his ranking to 113th, an improvement of 24 places.

Two players move inside this week’s top 20. Matthew NeSmith of the United States moves seven places to 14th, while Australian Oliver Goss moves to 19th from 24th.

The Women

Spain’s Camilla Hedberg claimed victory in the World University Championship in Czechoslovakia when she outlasted American Curtis Cup player Amy Anderson.

Hedberg, a student at the University of Florida, finished with a total of 271 to take the gold medal. Anderson, who starred for the United States in last month’s Curtis Cup at Nairn, finished a stroke behind on 272 to take silver. Fellow American Caroline Powers took the bronze medal with a total of 277.

Hedberg moves inside the world top 50 as a result. She improves 13 places to 43rd. Anderson moves 12 spots to 23rd, while Powers improves six places to 80th.

South Africa’s Bertine Strauss moves back inside the world top 100 after victory in the Gauteng North Championship. She defeated Namibian Bonita Bredenhann 2&1 in the 18-hole final played at Irene Country Club, in Centurion, South Africa.

Strauss moves 38 places on this week’s ranking to 92. Bredenhann, meanwhile, improves seven places to world number 20.

England’s Emma Carberry emerged as champion in the weather-stricken English Open Mid Amateur Championship at Wetherby Golf Club in Yorkshire. Heavy rains forced organisers to abandon the match play rounds and settle for two rounds of stroke play in one day. Scores of 71 and 68 gave the Baylor University student a 7-under-par total of 139 and a three-shot victory over Kirsty Rands.

Carberry leaps 484 spots this week to world number 1,805. Rands improves 240 places to 572nd.

Columbia’s Lisa McCloskey is the only other player this week besides Bredenhann to move inside the world top 20. The Columbian improves nine places to 15th.

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn moves two places inside the world top 10 to third behind world number two Nobuhle Dlamini of Swaziland, and top woman amateur Lydia Ko of New Zealand.

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