The Women

Charley HullThe Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup team will boast three players from the World Amateur Ranking top 10 when they take on the United States at Nairn, Scotland, June 8-10.

World number five Charley Hull is the highest ranked player selected in the team which was announced this week. Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow, world numbers seven and 10 respectively, join Hull on the team of eight.

Maguire is one of three players to have played in the 2010 match. The others are Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell, world number 63, and Holly Clyburn of England, the world number 29.

The rest of the team consists of Amy Boulden (WAGR Rank 35), Bronte Law (230) and Kelly Tidy (112).

Germany’s Sophia Popov moves three places on this week’s ranking thanks to victory in the Battle at Rancho Bernardo in San Diego, California. Popov, a student at the University of Southern California, returned two consecutive rounds of one-under-par 71 for a two-under-par total of 142 and a two-shot victory over Patricia Garcia of Texas A&M University.

Garcia moves 327 spots on this week’s ranking to world number 852.

France’s Celine Boutier moves five places into this week’s top 50 to world number 46 after taking the individual title in the European Nations Cup at Sotogrande, Spain. Boutier returned rounds of 73, 75, 72 and 71 for a four round total of 291 and a three-shot victory over Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark.

New Zealand’s Emily Perry won the New Zealand Stroke Play Championship after defeating world number one Lydia Ko in a sudden death playoff. Perry holed a six-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to take the title.

Perry moves inside the world top 100 to 86th, an improvement of 22 places as a result of her victory.

The Men

Jorge Fernandez Valdes is the pride of South America after winning the Campeonato Sudamericano Amateur, the South American Amateur Championship.

The Argentinean won the title in Cali, Colombia, with scores of 71, 65, 72 and 74 for a six-under-par 282 and three-shot victory over Ernesto Rodriguez of Colombia and Uruguay’s Agustin Tarigo.

Fernandez Valdes moves 88 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to 258th.

Robin Kind of the Netherlands, Norwegian Kristoffer Ventura and Spanish amateur Jon Rahm-Rodriguez shared individual honours in the European Nations Cup in Sotogrande. They finished with four round totals of 286 as France won the team title. Both Rahm-Rodriguez and Kind move inside this week’s top 100 as a result. The Spaniard improves 49 places to world number 59, while Kind moves 24 spots to 82nd. Ventura improves 53 places to world number 123.

Cory Whitsett moves to world number 17, an improvement of three places, after victory in the Linger Longer Invitational on the US college circuit. Whitsett, who plays for the University of Alabama, defeated Nicholas Reach of the University of Georgia at the fourth hole of a sudden death playoff. Reach improves his status 32 places to 93rd.

JJ Spaun triumphed in the Barona Collegiate Cup to cement his status as the world’s 11th ranked amateur. Spaun returned rounds of 67, 67 and 68 for a 14-under-par total of 202 and a three-shot victory over five players.

Denmark’s Sebastian Cappelen and American Julian Suri moves inside the world top 20 this week. Meanwhile Max Homa and Brooks Koepka of the United States move inside this week’s top 50. Homa, a student at the University of California, moves 18 places to world number 33. Florida State University player Koepka takes 49th place from last week’s position of 65th.

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