Mexico’s Sebastian Vazquez turned out to be the surprise package of the World Amateur Team Championship in Antalya, Turkey. The 21-year-old from Mexico City turned up as the world’s 58th best player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking, but played as if he was ranked much higher.
Vazquez finished low individual, with rounds of 66, 67 and 66 for a 54-hole total of 199, 15-under-par. He helped Mexico to second place behind the United States. He also pipped world number one Chris Williams by a shot, with Germany’s Moritz Lampert finishing two shots behind Vazquez in third place.
Williams led the United States to its 14th gold medal in the biennial competition, and its first victory since 2004. The world number one teamed up with Justin Thomas and US Amateur Champion Steven Fox for a 24-under-par total of 404, the lowest 54-hole total in competition history. It earned the US a five shot victory over Mexico and the famed Eisenhower Trophy. Korea, Germany and France shared third.
Vazquez leaps 27 spots on this week’s ranking to 31st place. Thomas swaps places with Daan Huizing of The Netherlands, moving one spot back to world number two after placing 7th. Fox becomes world number 13, a jump of six places, after his 10th place finish. Moritz also moves six places to 17th.
Former world number one Patrick Rodgers won the OFCC-Fighting Illini Invite in US college golf for the second year in a row. The Stanford player returned rounds of 72, 68 and 67 around Olympia Fields Country Club’s South Course for a 54-hole total of 207, 3-under-par. It made for a unique double for the second year student. Last year he won the tournament around the North Course.
The 2010 US Walker Cup player moves eight places on this week’s ranking to 16th.
Mary Michael Maggio of Texas A&M University rallied over the final 18 holes to win the Liz Murphey Fall Preview in Athens, Georgia.
The final year student began the final round in 15th place, but reeled off three birdies and an eagle on the back nine to record the second victory of her collegiate career. Maggio closed with a 5-under-par 67, the low round of the tournament.
Maggio came from six shots behind at the start of the final round to win by a shot over Casey Grice of North Carolina, and by two over Virginia’s Brittany Altomare and Marta Sanz of Auburn.
Maggio moves inside the top 100 on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking as a result. She improves 40 places to become world number 72. Altomare also moves inside the top 100, jumping 20 spots to 82nd. Grice improves 31 spots to 137th, while Sanz is the world’s 111th ranked player.
Australia’s Su-Hyun Oh won the Srixon International Junior Girls Classic to add to the Australian Girls’ Championship she won in April. She is the only player this week to break into the top 20. She moves four places on this week’s ranking to 17th.
April McCoy improves her ranking by 288 spots this week after winning the Windy City Collegiate Championship at Glen View Golf Club near Chicago. Rounds of 73, 72 and 69 gave McCoy 54-hole total of 214, 2-under-par, and a one shot victory over Demi Runas of the University of California Davis and Notre Dame’s Lindsey Weaver.
McCoy moves to 389th on this week’s ranking. Runas jumps 20 spots to 114th, while Weaver goes to 142nd spot from 311th.