China’s Tianlang Guan jumps 348 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking after one of the most impressive wins in the amateur game.
Despite being the youngest player in the field at just 14-years-old, Guan won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Amata Spring Country Club in Bangkok, Thailand to defeat Taiwan’s Cheng-Tsung Pan by a shot. Scores of 66, 64, 72 and 71 gave Guan a 15-under-par total of 273 and a wire-to-wire victory. He led by a two shots after the first round, five shots after 36 holes and two shots heading into the final round.
Guan earns a place in next year’s Masters, where he will make history by becoming the youngest competitor in the major championship. Italy’s Matteo Manassero, winner of the 2009 Amateur Championship, previously held the record for youngest competitor when he competed in the 2010 Masters aged 16. Guan will be 14 years, five months and 17 days when he tees off at Augusta National next April.
Pan’s reward is a break into this week’s top 10. He moves eight places this week to world number four. Guan and Pan also both earn spots in International Final Qualifying (IFQ) for next year's Open Championship in Muirfield.
Australian Oliver Goss finished third and moves seven places to 21st in the world.
Ian Davis and Ian Vandersee of the United States shared the spoils in the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate tournament in Dallas, Texas. They finished on 7-under-par totals of 206 to finish joint first. Davis, a student at Oklahoma State, moves 229 spots on this week’s ranking to 464th. University of Iowa player Vandersee climbs 134 places to 331st.
No moves into this week’s top 20, but Daniel Berger of the United States breaks into the top 50. He steps up one spot to 50th.
Colombia’s Maribel Lopez moves 106 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking following her second collegiate victory. The Tulane University won The Alamo Invitational at Briggs Ranch Golf Course in San Antonio, Texas.
Rounds of 68, 72 and 69 gave Lopez a 7-under-par total of 209 and a two-shot victory over England’s Lauren Taylor of Baylor University. Taylor, winner of the 2011 Ladies’ British Amateur Championship, moves 49th spots on this week’s ranking to 158th.
Spain’s Camilla Hedberg moves six places this week thanks to winning the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invite at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas. Hedberg, a student at the University of Florida, returned rounds of 71, 67 and 70 to post a 54-hole total of 208 and defeat Jennifer Kirby of the University of Alabama in a playoff.
It is Hedberg’s second collegiate win of the season following victory in the Cougar Classic in September. She moves six places on this week’s WAGR table to 21st. Kirby improves 16 spots to 55th.
Shelby Coyle of the United States improves 58 places this week to 169th in the world following victory in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational at the Leilehua Golf Course in Wahiawa, Hawaii. Florida International student Coyle needed a 15-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Sarah Johnson of Eastern Michigan University after the pair had tied on 218, 2-over-par, after 54 holes.
Johnson moves 119 places this week to 553rd in the world.
Maria Jose Benavides of the United States jumps 228 places this week to 704th after winning the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Oak Point Golf Club in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. The Campbell University student was the only player to break par for the three rounds, compiling a 3-under-par total of 213 to win by four shots over three players.