Michael Kim of the United States moves inside this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking top 30 after eking out a one-shot victory in the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in Orlando, Florida.
Kim, a second year student at the University of California, returned rounds of 67, 72 and 73 for a 54-hole total of 212, 4-under-par, for his first collegiate title. He defeated world number two Justin Thomas and James Erkenbeck by a shot, helping the University of California win the team title by two shots over Erkenbeck’s New Mexico team.
Kim jumps 15 places on this week’s ranking to world number 29. Thomas, a student at the University of Alabama, remains the world’s second best amateur behind Chris Williams. Erkenbeck moves inside the world top 100, improving his ranking 30 places to 99th.
France’s Adrien Saddier won the European Club Trophy in Cyprus and remains the world’s second highest ranked French amateur behind Julien Brun. Saddier moves five spots this week to world number 22.
Scotland’s Chris Robb won the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate tournament at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. The University of Chattanooga student returned a 9-under-par total of 207 after rounds of 72, 66 and 69 for a one shot victory over Iceland’s Axel Boasson, a student at Mississippi State University.
Robb improves 121 places on this week’s ranking, moving to 258th. Boasson jumps 196 spots to 390th.
A number of movements take place in this week’s top 10 as a result of Dutchman Daan Huizing turning to the professional ranks. Bobby Wyatt of the United States moves one spot to third. Frenchman Brun moves two places to world number four. Also moving two places this week are Peter Williamson, Amateur Championship runner-up Mathias Schwab and Asian Amateur champion Hideki Matsuyama. They become fifth, sixth and seventh players in the world respectively. Brandon Hagy also moves inside the top 10, improving three places to 10th.
'Frankenstorm' Sandy not only wrecked havoc on the eastern coastline of the United States, it also forced the cancellation of the final two rounds of the Landfall Tradition tournament in Wilmington, North Carolina. However, it couldn't stop Kimberly Kaufman of Texas Tech University winning her first college tournament.
Kaufman returned a 5-under-par 67 to win the title by two shots over Kelsey Vines of Oklahoma State. Kaufman, a final year student at Texas Tech, had previously finished runner-up three times in her college career.
Kaufman moves one spot on this week’s ranking to 44th. Vines improves eight places to 102nd.
Australia's Hayley Bettencourt moves inside this week’s top 50 thanks to victory in the Queensland Stroke Play & Amateur Championships. The amateur from Western Australia won the stroke play event and then carried her form into the match play rounds. She defeated Ali Orchard 6&5 in the final at Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club.
Bettencourt improves 42 places to 35th in the world. Orchard jumps 28 spots to 63rd.
A hole-in-one helped New Zealand’s Mun Chin Keh to victory in the Grange Classic in her homeland. Keh aced the fourth hole in her final round of 72, 1-under-par, to win by four shots over sister Wen Yung. Mun Chin moves 13 places this week to 34th in the world. Wen Yung is ranked 2,789th in the world.
Ally McDonald of the United States and Canada’s Elizabeth Tong shared the spoils in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown after they finished on 2-under-par 214, five shots ahead of the field. McDonald moves five spots on this week’s ranking to 114th, while Tong jumps 132 places to 418th.
Thailand’s Chirapat Jao-Javanil is the only player this week to move into the top 20. She improves three places to 18th.