Paul Barjon becomes the world’s fourth best French amateur this week thanks to an impressive victory in the Stanford Intercollegiate tournament in Stanford, California.
Barjon, a student at Texas Christian University, held his own in a shootout with US Walker Cup player Patrick Rodgers over the first two rounds, despite Stanford student Rodgers enjoying home course advantage. The pair shot matching consecutive 66s to separate themselves from the field. Although many expected Rodgers to prevail in the final round, Barjon delivered a 3-under-par 67 to Rodgers’ 70 to win his first college title in his rookie season.
The victory moves Barjon 20 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to 70th, fourth behind TCU teammate and world number six Julien Brun, Adrien Saddier (16) and Joel Stalter (50).
Rodgers moves back inside the world top 10, improving three places to ninth.
Singapore’s Jonathan Ke-Jun Woo climbs 35 places on this week’s ranking to 123rd following victory in the Duck Invitational in Eugene, Oregon. The University of Oregon player returned rounds of 67, 69 and 72 for a 54-hole total of 208.
Logan Harrell records one of the biggest improvements this week with victory in the Hootie @ Bulls Bay Intercollegiate at Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, South Carolina. The North Carolina State player began the final round in joint seventh place after rounds of 74 and 73. However, he fashioned a closing 6-under-par 66, the low round of the tournament, for a one-shot victory over Austin Cody of Duke University.
Harrell jumps 690 spots this week to world number 237. Cody climbs 141 places to 524th.
Emilie Burger of the United States certainly knows how to close out a tournament. She proved that in winning the Bryan National Collegiate title on the US college golf circuit.
The University of Georgia player began the final round two shots behind Brittany Altomare of the University of Virginia. For much of the round Burger looked like settling for second place until she lit up the Bryans Park Championship Course in Browns Summit, North Carolina.
Burger played her final five holes in 4-under-par to steal the title. Her closing 3-under-par 69 gave her a 54-hole total of 211, 5-under-par, good enough for a one shot victory over Altomare.
Burger celebrates her second victory of the collegiate season with a move of 47 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. She climbs to world number 63. Altomare, meanwhile, moves from last week’s position of 42nd to 36th.
Ashley Armstrong climbs inside this week’s top 20 thanks to victory in the Briar's Creek Invitational in John’s Island, South Carolina. The Notre Dame player returned rounds of 74, 71 and 72 for a 1-over-par total of 217 and a three-shot victory over Laura Wearn of Furman University.
Armstrong moves 15 places this week to world number 17. Wearn jumps 23 spots to 128th.
Grace Na of Pepperdine University breaks inside this week’s top 50 following victory in the Anuenue Spring Break Classic in Kapalua, Hawaii. She ran out a five-shot winner over Tonje Daffinrud after scores of 67, 71 and 68 for a 10-under-par total of 206.
Na climbs 16 places to 48th, while Daffinrud moves 34 places to 130th.