Alan Dunbar makes a massive move up this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking following the biggest win of his life.
The 22-year-old entered the Amateur Championship at Royal Troon as the 200th ranked player on the WAGR table, but ended up inside the top 25 when he defeated Austria’s Matthias Schwab by one hole in the 36-hole final.
Dunbar moves to 24th on this week’s ranking thanks to his outstanding play over six days at Royal Troon. The Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup player took home the Amateur Championship trophy to his home in Portrush. He is the latest from the Northern Ireland town to impress on the world stage, following Graeme McDowell’s 2010 US Open victory, Darren Clarke winning last year’s Open Championship, and Stephanie Meadow earning the winning point in the Curtis Cup.
Dunbar earns invitations to next month’s Open Championship at Royal Lytham, next year’s Masters and US Open Championship.
Schwab began the week at Royal Lytham ranked 462nd on the WAGR table. An impressive display by the talented, precocious 17-year-old earns him a jump of 421 places to 41st on the ranking.
Scots Jack McDonald and Paul Ferrier began the week ranked 458th and 520th respectively. However, semi-final appearances at Royal Troon have allowed them to make significant moves up the ranking. McDonald jumps to world number 105, while Ferrier moves to 195th.
Sweden’s Daniel Jennevret topped the 36-hole qualifying with a 6-under-par 136 total. He improves 223 places on this week’s ranking to 356th.
Canada’s Justin Shin returned a 4-under-par 65 in the final round of the Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett Country Club, and then defeated Jordan Russell in a three-hole playoff to win the 51st running of the prestigious event.
Shin moves 46 places on this week’s ranking to 49th, while Russell improves 18 spots to world number 38.
Fans at the US Women's Amateur Public Links Championship were treated to a feast of golf when Kyung Kim and Ashlan Ramsey met in the 36-hole final at Neshanic Valley Golf Club in Neshanic Station, New Jersey.
The two teenagers totalled 18 birdies between them over the 34 holes. Ramsey was 3-under-par, but Kim went 3 strokes better. She was 6-under when the match ended. The 18 year-old defeated her 16-year-old adversary 4&2.
Kim, from Chandler, Arizona, had not won a tournament since 2008. Now she heads into her first year at the University of Southern California as a top 100 player on the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. Kim leaps 1090 places on this week’s WAGR table to world number 84. Ramsey improves 187 places to 86th.
Sixteen-year-old Ariya Jutanugarn moves three places on this week’s ranking to world number three following her third big win of the season. The Thai amateur won the Women’s Western Amateur Championship when she defeated 17-year-old sister Moriya 2&1 in the 36-hole final.
Ariya, the reigning US Girls’ Junior champion, entered the match play stages as top seed after leading the qualifying rounds thanks to an opening 7-under-par 66. Her victory follows impressive wins in the AJGA Rolex Girls Junior Championship and the AJGA Thunderbird.
Moriya also improves three places on this week’s ranking. She moves inside the top 10 to world number nine.
Northern Ireland’s Leona Maguire followed up victory in the Curtis Cup by winning the Irish Women's Close Championship. Maguire defeated Curtis Cup teammate Stephanie Meadow by two holes in the final at Baltray Golf Club.
Maguire moves back inside the world top 50 to 32nd place, an improvement of 47 spots. Meadow, meanwhile, improves eight places to 20th.