The Women

Swaziland’s Nobuhle Dlamini continues her meteoric rise up the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking following victory in the Gauteng Match Play Championship at Glendower Golf Club in South Africa. Dlamini defeated Namibia’s Bonita Bredenhann 3&2 in the final to move to world number three, an improvement of seven places. 

It wasn’t too long ago that Dlamini was outside the top 100. However, victories this year in the Kwazulu-Natal Match Play Championship, Eastern Cape Match Play and Stroke Play Championships, and the North West Stroke Play Championship have seen her rocket up the WAGR table. 
 
Bredenhann moves into the top 100 as a result of finishing runner-up. She leaps 106 spots to 62nd.
 
Kim Williams of South Africa remains world number two behind Lydia Ko following victory in the Gauteng Amateur Stroke Play Championship. She defeated Dlamini by five shots. 
 
A busy series of tournaments in the regional championship of US college golf saw some significant moves on this week’s Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.
 
The NCAA East, West and Central Regional Championships produced winners from four different countries.
 
Katerina Ruzickova of Czechoslovakia triumphed in the East Regional at Penn State University in Pennsylvania. Ruzickova, a student at Texas A&M University, moves 22 places into the world top 50 in 43rd spot.
 
Catherine O'Donnell won the West Regional at Colorado National Golf Club in Erie Colorado. The University of North Carolina player moves into the top 100, improving 208 places to world number 83.

Lisa McCloskey of Colombia and Peruvian Maria Salinas shared first place in the Women’s Central Regional. Florida State player Salinas jumps into the top 20, improving 15 places to world number 16. McCloskey, a student at Southern California, moves 15 places on this week’s ranking to 34th. 


The Men

Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan makes a significant move on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking following his historic victory in the Irish Amateur Open Championship at Royal Dublin Golf Club.
 
Moynihan, a member of The Island Golf Club in Malahide, became the youngest Irish winner of the championship when he handled the strong winds that plagued the championship better than more experienced players. The 17-year-old from Malahide Community School defeated experienced Dutch player Robin Kind by a shot despite gusts of wind that at times reached 30 miles per hour.
 
Rounds of 74, 70, 76 and 75 gave Moynihan a four-round total of 295, 7-over-par. 
 
It capped off a good few months for the schoolboy. Last autumn he finished third in the Junior Players Championship over the Tournament Players Course at Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedre, Florida. Last month he followed in the footsteps of Lee Westwood and Justin Rose by winning the Peter McEvoy Trophy. No wonder Moynihan is making steady progress up the WAGR table. 
 
Moynihan moves 225 spots on this week’s ranking to world number 101. 
 
Ireland’s Brian Casey was third on his own, three shots behind Moynihan. Dutchman Daan Huizing and Mike Miller of the United States shared fourth place, four shots off the pace.
 
Kind becomes a top 50 player, moving eight places to 45th. Casey makes a massive leap of 729 places to world number 851. Miller also makes a significant move. He jumps inside the top 100, improving 780 spots to world number 64. Huizing, meanwhile, solidifies his position as world number seven, the highest ranked Dutch amateur.
 
There is only one change in this week’s top 20. Australia’s Cameron Smith moves seven places to take up number 14 spot.


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