The Continent of Europe recorded a significant 12 ½ -11 ½ victory in the St Andrews Trophy at Portmarnock Golf Club near Dublin. Europe recorded its fifth win in the contest, but a first on Great Britain & Ireland soil. Europe had double reason to celebrate as the under-18 team recorded victory in the Jacques Leglise Trophy, winning 13 ½ - 10 ½.
Life is only getting better for reigning Boys Amateur Champion Matthew Fitzpatrick. Less than a month after recording one of the most emphatic victories in Boys Amateur Championship history, the English golfer finds himself ranked 12th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Fitzpatrick is one of two players this week to move into the world top 20, along with Matthew NeSmith of the United States. The Englishman moves 11 places on this week’s ranking to get within two spots of the world top 10.
The 18-year-old from Sheffield defeated Welshman Henry James 10&8 in the 36-hole final of the Boys Amateur, recording the fourth highest margin of victory since the championship began in 1921. He also won the Selborne Salver at the start of the season and finished third in the Carris Trophy.
NeSmith moves two places this week to world number 20. He justly takes his place among the world’s elite thanks to four wins this year. Victories in the Carolinas Georgia Junior, Azalea Invitational, Footjoy Boys Invitational and Rolex Tournament of Champions have helped the native of Augusta, Georgia, rocket up the ranking.
England’s Max Orrin makes a significant move into this week’s top 60. He moves 49 places to world number 53. Orrin, who made history this year by becoming the first English golfer to win the prestigious Thunderbird International Junior Championship, becomes the world’s second highest ranked English Amateur behind Fitzpatrick.
Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and Georgia Hall of England each move one place inside the top 10 of this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. Jutanugarn goes back to world number two while Hall reaches third behind the Thai amateur and long time world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand.
Korea’s Hyo Joo Kim facilitates those moves. She drops two places to world number four.
Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen is the only player to break inside the top 20 this week. She moves one spot to 20th. The world top 50 and top 100 only welcome one player also. Mexico’s Marijosse Navarro moves one place to 50th, while Jayvie Agojo of the Philippines moves eight places to 100th.
Agojo moves into the top 100 courtesy of victory in the Santi Cup at the Emeralda Golf Club in Jakarta. Agojo actually tied for the lead with Kelly Tan of Malaysia. The pair finished on 1-over-par 289. However, Agojo took the title on a countback. Her closing 71 bettered Tan’s 72. Tan improves 136 places to move to 108th on this week’s ranking.
Sweden’s Linnea Strom jumps 20 places this week to 64th after victory in the Annika Invitational Europe. Strom recorded rounds of 74, 68 and 73 and was the only player to finish the 54 holes under par. Her 1-under-par total of 215 gave her a two shot victory over compatriot My Leander and Belgium’s Leslie Cloots.
Cloots moves 21 spots to 179th, while Leander is ranked 2574th in the world.
Northern Ireland’s Paula Grant improves her ranking by 531 places to 839th by winning the Ulster Women’s Championship at Killymoon Golf Club. Grant led the 36-hole qualifying and then went on to defeat Olivia Mehaffey by two holes in the final.