The Men

Thomas PietersBelgium’s Thomas Pieters certainly excels on courses that host PGA Tour events. For the second time in his collegiate career, Pieters won a title on a course known for testing the best PGA Tour players. Only this time he won college golf’s most prestigious tournament.

Last year Pieters won his first college tournament at Jack Nicklaus’s Muirfield Village, venue for the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament. This time he conquered famed Riviera Country Club, host to three major championships and home to the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open, to win the individual title in the NCAA Championship.

Scores of 69, 68 and 71 for a 54-hole total of 208, 5-under-par, gave the University of Illinois player a three-shot victory over France’s Julien Brun and Tyler McCumber of the United States.

Pieters moves one place on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to 11th. Brun breaks into the world top 10, improving nine places to eighth. McCumber jumps 69 places to 94th.

Texas A&M took the team title by defeating Alabama in the final to win the NCAA Championship for the first time since back-to-back titles in 1971-72.

WAGR number 10 Dylan Frittelli sealed the title for Texas A&M. He holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the final green to defeat world number 23 Cory Whitsett.

France’s Paul Barjon won the Scottish Stroke Play Championship at Kilmarnock Barassie Golf Club. Rounds of 70, 71, 73 and 68 gave Barjon a 72-hole total of 282, 10-under-par. Barjon improves 173 places to 245th on this week’s ranking.

England’s Max Orrin triumphed in the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior tournament at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona after rounds of 70, 67 and 69 for a 54-hole total of 206, 10-under. Orrin moves 206 places on this week’s ranking to world number 402. 

The Women

Ariya Jutanugarn’s birdie blitz in the final round of the AJGA’s Thunderbird International at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona helps her move to sixth on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking, an improvement of one place.

After opening rounds of level par 72, the Thai amateur made five consecutive birdies on the back nine of her final round in a closing 67, 5-under-par. That was one stroke off the Thunderbird scoring record of 66 set by the 2004 champion, current LPGA player Belen Mozo of Spain. Jutanugarn’s score earned her a sudden death playoff with Laura Sojo for the title after the pair tied on 5-under-par.

Jutanugarn won at the first extra hole when she made a par to Sojo’s double bogey. The American Junior Golf Association named Jutanugarn the Rolex Player of the Year as a result. Sojo improves 26 spots to world number 128.

Australia’s Whitney Hillier stormed to victory in the Malaysian Amateur Championship over the East Course at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club. Eight shots off the lead heading into the final round, Hillier fashioned a 6-under-par 65 after earlier scores of 68 and 75 to defeat Kelly Tan by a stroke. Hillier finished on a 5-under-par total of 208.

Hillier also improves one place on this week’s ranking, moving to 14th. Tan improves 230 spots to world number 151.

Scotland’s Laura Murray won the prestigious St Rule Trophy at St Andrews for the second time in three years. Murray won by two shots from England’s Emma Goddard after a 54-hole total of 220, 7-under-par. Murray jumps 316 places on this week’s ranking to 294th.

Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen moves to 33rd this week, an improvement of 14 spots, after winning the Turkish Amateur Championship. 

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