It didn’t take South Africa’s Brandon Stone long to settle into college golf. He needed just 54 holes to make his mark.
Stone made a victorious debut for the University of Texas in the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Rocky Face, Georgia. Rounds of 69, 63 and 72 for a 12-under-par total of 204 gave the Pretoria native a two-shot victory over teammate Jordan Spieth and TJ Mitchell of the University of Georgia. Texas, the reigning NCAA champions, won the team title as a result.
Stone is the world’s leading South African amateur. He improves that status on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking by nine places, moving to world number 21. Spieth remains the world’s sixth best amateur. Mitchell jumps 111 places to 179th.
Denny McCarthy of the United States won the Northern Intercollegiate at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove Illinois. The University of Virginia player began the final round in joint 6th place, three shots off the lead after successive 2-over-par 74s. However, he posted a closing 68 to win by three shots over Scott Fernandez and Michael McGee.
McCarthy moves 23 places on this week’s ranking to 65th. Fernandez improves 22 spots to 151st, while McGee moves a massive 718 places to 1,099th.
Germany’s Christopher Carstensen won the Austrian International Amateur Championship by two strokes over Amateur Championship runner-up Matthias Schwab and Switzerland’s Edouard Amacher. Schwab held a three shot lead heading into the final round, but the young Austrian closed with a 2-over-par 74.
Carstensen improves 1,072 places this week to 2,106th. Schwab remains in the world top 10, in 10th place, while Amacher goes to 255th, an improvement of 24 places.
Lydia Ko spearheads the amateur challenge in this week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. The number one player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking is the marquee name in a cast of ten amateurs who have made it into the field.
Ko, recent winner of the Mark H McCormack Medal as the world’s leading amateur for 2012, will not be there to make up the numbers. Although still just 15 years old, Ko has won two professional tournaments this season.
The New Zealander made history earlier this year when she became the youngest player to win a professional tournament. She was just 14 when she won the New South Wales Open. She proved that victory was no fluke by winning the Canadian Women’s Open last month. Ko made history on that occasion too, becoming the youngest winner in LPGA history.
The world number one has some pretty good company from the WAGR table this week. Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup stars Charley Hull (8th on the WAGR table), Amy Boulden (26), Leona Maguire (27), Bronte Law (46), and Holly Clyburn (53) are also in the field. They played an important role in helping GB&I win the Curtis Cup at Nairn in June.
Joining the Ko and the GB&I Curtis Cup stars are English Stroke Play Champion and runner-up Alexandra Peters (387) and Charlotte Thompson (413), Jing Yan (173) of China, and England International Emily Taylor (38).
Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen won the DM Slagspil in her homeland. Larsen moves four places on this week’s ranking to 16th.
Karolin Lampert is the German national champion after winning the German Amateur Championship. Lampert, the world’s leading German amateur, improves her status this week by 11 places to 25th in the world.