Lydia Ko’s name at the top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking has been a familiar sight for nearly two years. Her status among the best women professionals is pretty impressive, too.
Ko’s victory in the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open is her third victory in a professional tournament. She made history at age 14 last year by becoming the youngest winner of a professional tournament with victory in the New South Wales Open. Then, aged 15, she became the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour by taking the CN Canadian Open. Her latest triumph also makes her the youngest winner of a Ladies European Tour event.
Winning her national open also moves Ko up the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. She overtakes eight professionals this week to move to world number 30 on the Rolex Rankings.
Back in the amateur game, Kelsey Vines of the United States won the Hurricane Invitational at Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club in Coral Gables, Florida. The Oklahoma State player triumphed by four shots over Texas State’s Krista Puisite after rounds of 70, 68 and 71 gave Vines a 54-hole total of 209, 4-under-par. England’s Lauren Taylor, the 2011 Ladies’ British Amateur Champion, finished six shots off the pace in third spot.
Vines climbs 33 places this week to 64th. Puisite improves 11 spots to 62nd, while Taylor, of Baylor University, jumps 38 places to world number 138.
Korea’s Ji Sun Kang is the only player this week to move into the top 20. She improves one place to 20th. Brittany Altomare of the United States also moves one place this week to break into the top 50 in 50th position.
Australia’s Brady Watt moves to number two on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking after an outstanding performance to help Australia win the inaugural Ten Nations Cup at the Kingswood Golf Estate in George, South Africa.
Rounds of 69, 62, 69 and 70 helped Watt to an 18-under-par total of 270, three strokes better than New Zealand’s Tyler Hodge. It helped Australia edge rivals New Zealand by a shot for the team title. Australia finished on 826, 38-under-par, in a four-man team event with the three best scores counting each day. Lucas Herbert, Ryan Ruffles and Geoff Drakeford completed the Australian team.
Watt moves three places on this week’s ranking to solidify his status as the world’s top Australian amateur. He is 10 places higher than Viraat Badhwar. Hodge, meanwhile, moves 96 places to world number 234.
Dominic Bozzelli of the United States climbs 25 places this week thanks to victory in the Amer Ari Invitational at Waikoloa’s Kings’ Course in Waikoloa, Hawaii. The University of Auburn player returned rounds of 70, 68 and 67 for an 11-under-par total of 205. He won by two shots over Oregon State’s David Fink and Trevor Simsby of the University of Washington.
Bozzelli moves to world number 210. Simsby jumps inside the top 50 to 39th, an improvement of 13 places. Fink climbs 125 spots to world number 239.
Daniel Berger of the United States improves nine places this week to world number 25 following victory in the SunTrust Gator Invitational. The University of Florida enjoyed home course advantage in Gainesville to win by three strokes over of Georgia Southern’s Scott Wolfes, who climbs 90 places to 156th.