Former world number one Patrick Rodgers makes the main headlines on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking, but England’s Edward Richardson deserves special mention.
Rodgers claimed an impressive victory in the US Collegiate Championship with scores of 70, 72 and a closing 67 for a 54-hole total of 209. Rodgers defeated Talor Gooch of Oklahoma State by four shots. The victory moves Rodgers, a student at Stanford University, to 15th on this week’s ranking, an improvement of four places. Gooch moves 11 places 40 41st.
Richardson did not face as strong a field as Rodgers when he turned up to compete in the Hong Kong Open Amateur Championship at Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club, but the victory was just as rewarding for the 44-year-old from Kent, England.
A former England international, Richardson faced a life and death battle in 2008 after being diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a rare blood disorder. He was out of the game for two and a half years as a result, but is back to full fitness.
Rounds of 73, 75, 65 and 68 helped Richardson to a 72-hole total of 281 and a 14 shot victory over Chinese Taipei's Liu Yu Jui. The victory earns Richardson a spot in the upcoming UBS Hong Kong Open on the European Tour.
The Englishman moves 40 places on this week’s ranking to 273rd as a result.
World number two Justin Thomas won the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate to signal to world number one Chris Williams that his hold on the top spot on the WAGR ranking is not a given.
Australia’s Brady Watt won the Keperra Bowl in his homeland and moves 71 spots on this week’s ranking to 58th.
Brandon Hagy of the United States triumphed in the Alister Mackenzie Invitational to help his University of California team take the team title. Hagy improves five places this week to 13th.
Kyung Kim rockets back up this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking thanks to victory in the Stanford Intercollegiate tournament in US college golf.
Kim fell 47 places on last week’s ranking to 87th, but her first collegiate victory moves her 68 places into this week’s top 20 to world number 19. The native of Chandler, Arizona only entered the collegiate system this September, but has obviously settled in well to college life.
The Southern California University student returned rounds of 72, 66 and 68 for a 54-hole total of 206, 7-under-par, to win the title by three shots over Canada’s Soo-Bin Kim, a student at the University of Washington. Southern California also won the team title.
SooBin Kim moves 16 places this week to 108th as a result of her second place finish.
Thailands’s Chirapat Jao-Javanil improves her ranking this week thanks to victory in the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic in Norman, Oklahoma. Jao-Javanil, a student at the University of Oklahoma, returned scores of 70, 71 and 68 for a 7-under-par total of 209 to win by two shots over Sarah Schober of Redlands Community College and Notre Dame player Lindsey Weaver.
Jao-Javanil improves 10 spots on this weeks ranking to 21st. Schober jumps 45 places to 188th. Weaver moves inside the world top 100, improving from 149th last week to 71st this week.
Benyapa Niphatsophon won the Thailand Amateur Championship and moves to world number 111, an improvement of six spots.
United States Curtis Cup player Austin Ernst moves back inside the top 20 this week, improving three places to 20th.
US players Alex Stewart and Cassy Isagawa are the only two players to break into this week’s top 50. Stewart moves 11 spots to 48th, while Isagawa moves to 50th, an improvement of four places.