Chris Williams proved why he’s ranked number five on the World Amateur Golf Ranking with an emphatic victory in the Bandon Dunes Championship over the Bandon Trails Course in Oregon.
Williams, who played on the 2011 US Walker Cup team, began the final round with a two shot victory and then romped away from the field with a course record 66, 5-under-par. Kevin Lim of Long Beach State University also posted a closing 66 but couldn’t get near Williams. The University of Washington player won by six shots.
Rounds of 71 and 67 over the 6,718 yard, par 71 course preceded Williams’ 66 as he set a 54-hole total of 204, 9-under-par. Lim finished second on 3-under 210.
While Williams solidifies his world number five ranking, Lim moves 257 places to world number 607.
Two other top 10 players celebrated finishing first this week. World number three Jordan Spieth and 10th ranked Dylan Frittelli shared first place in the Morris Williams Intercollegiate with Julio Vegas. The University of Texas trio had matching 54-hole totals of 208, 5-under-par. Teammate Alex Moon finished tied fourth a stroke behind as Texas took the team title by 16 shots.
Vegas moves 156 places on this week’s ranking to world number 78 as a result.
Ben Kohles moves inside this week’s top 50 thanks to victory in the Schenkel Invitational at Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, Georgia. The University of Virginia student was the only player to break 200 for the 54 holes. Rounds of 65, 66 and 67 gave him an 18-under-par total of 198.
Maria Salinas of Peru makes a significant move on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking following victory in the SunTrust Gator Invite over the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.
Salinas began the final round in fourth place but closed with a 4-under-par 66 to finished two strokes ahead of Sweden’s Camilla Hedberg of the University of Florida and Christina Miller. Salinas, who plays for Florida State, began with rounds of 68, 72 and compiled a 54-hole total of 206, 4-under-par.
Salinas moves into the world top 50 as a result. She improves 27 places to 45th in the world. Hedberg improves 11 places to 53rd. Miller leaps 231 places to 145th.
Canada’s Jessica Wallace triumphed in the Clover Cup at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona. Wallace, who plays for the University of Colorado, compiled rounds of 70, 69 and 72 for a 54-hole total of 211, 5-under-par. Teammates Alex Stewart and Emily Talley finished second and third to help Colorado win the team title by 31 shots.
Wallace moves 60 places on this week’s WAGR table to 199th. Stewart improves her top 50 status, moving six places to 44th. Talley moves 31 places to world number 154.
Breanna Elliott of Australia cements her place in the top 20 following victory in the Western Australia State Amateur Championship. Elliot improves eight spots to 12th.
France’s Manon Gidali and Ashlee Dewhurst of Australia are the only players to move into this week’s top 20. Gidali improves eight places to world number 14, while Dewhurst moves to 18th from 25th place.