The Men

England’s Craig Hinton moves 211 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking thanks to an impressive performance in the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship at Prestatyn Golf Club in North Wales.

The 23-year-old was the only player under par for the four rounds thanks to scores of 69, 75, 70 and a closing 5-under-par 67 for a 72-hole total of 281, 7-under-par. Hinton, who is a member of The Oxfordshire Golf Club and played in The Open Championship last year, began the final day tied for the lead with countryman Luke Jackson. However, he bettered Jackson’s final score by 11 shots, with Jackson posting a 78.

Hinton took the title by seven shots from New Zealand’s Vaughan McCall. Sam Binning of Scotland finished third, eight shots behind Hinton.

Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup captain Nigel Edwards proved he can still play by finishing joint tenth. The Welshman makes rare appearances on the amateur circuit these days because of his job as performance director for the English Golf Union, and holds a ranking of 4462.

Hinton moves to 356th on this week’s ranking. McCall improves 22 places to world number 146. Binning jumps 323 places to 1488.

Germany’s Marcel Schneider is the only player to move into this week’s top 20. The reigning Australian Amateur champion improves five places to 16th.

Haydn Porteous of South Africa breaks into the world top 50 after victory in the KwaZulu Natal Amateur Championship. Porteous improves 27 spots to 47th.

Frenchman Lionel Weber triumphed in the International De France in his homeland and moves 83 places this week to a ranking of 353.

Gavin Kyle Green of Malaysia won the Malaysian Amateur Championship and improves his WAGR ranking by 77 places, moving to 314th on this week’s table.


The Women

Chirapat Jao-Javanil capped off her second season in American college golf by winning the biggest title of her young life. Jao-Javanil won the most prestigious title in collegiate golf when she became the NCAA champion.

Jao-Javanil, from Hua-Hin Thailand, emerged as the main attraction from a star studded field as the 2011/12 collegiate season came to a conclusion.  Rounds of 69, 73, 70 and 70 over the North Course at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tennessee, gave the second year University of Oklahoma player a 72-hole total of 282, 6-under-par.

The five foot four inch amateur ended up four shots better than Brooke Pancake of the University of Alabama. It was Jao-Javanil’s third victory of this college season. She warmed up for the national championship by winning the Central District Invitational.

Pancake may have lost the battle for first place, but her team won the war. Alabama took the team title to finish the season as national champions, the first time they have won the championship. Pancake, in her final year of collegiate golf, holed a three-foot par putt on the final green to give her university a one shot victory over the University of South California.

Jao-Javanil moves 29 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to 28th. Pancake improves five places to world number 14.

South Africa’s Kim Williams cemented her status as world number two behind Lydia Ko by taking individual honours in the WGSA 72 Hole Team Championships at Polokwane Golf Club in her homeland. Williams ran out a four shot winner over Bonita Bredenhann, who moves 31 places to world number 33 as a result.

England’s Emily Taylor emerged victorious in the Irish Women's Open Stroke Play Championship. Taylor jumps 114 places to 107th on the ranking.

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