Haydn Porteous solidifies his status as South Africa’s number two amateur golfer this week following victory in the South African Stroke Play Championship. He became only the third man in championship history to defend the title.
Rounds of 69, 67, 70 and 69 at the Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort and Spa in George, South Africa gave Porteous a 72-hole total of 275, 13-under-par. He finished two shots ahead of compatriot Werner Ferreira, and three in front of Argentina’s Alejandro Tosti.
Porteous joins Dale Hayes (1969-70) and David Suddards (1978-79) as the only men to defend the title.
Brandon Stone remains South Africa’s top amateur at number 22 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Porteous moves six places closer to Stone, rising to 38th. Ferreira climbs 192 spots to 582nd, while Tosti jumps 42 places to 163rd.
Portugal’s Goncalo Pinto breaks into this week’s top 100 after winning his national championship. Pinto won the Portuguese Amateur Championship by two strokes from England’s Jerome Titlow.
Pinto, a member of Vilamoura Golf Club, is only the third Portuguese player to win his national title after Ricardo Oliveira (1990) and Pedro Figueiredo (2008). Scores of 70, 69, 67 and 71 gave him an 11-under-par total of 277.
Pinto jumps 166 places on this week’s WAGR table to 92. He is the world’s third best Portuguese amateur behind world number 36 Figueiredo, and Ricardo Gouveia at number 56. Titlow climbs 625 places to 686th.
Former Boys’ Amateur Champion (2007) Emilio Cuartero moves 84 spots this week’s to world number 148 following victory in the Farms Collegiate Invite. It was Cuartero’s third college win for the University of Missouri.
Nobuhle Dlamini moves back to number two on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking following victory in the Eastern Cape Amateur Championship. The Swaziland amateur swaps places with Australia’s Minjee Lee to take her place behind undisputed world number one Lydia Ko.
Dlamini finished leading qualifier after rounds of 72 and 78 gave her a seven-shot advantage over Nicole Loesch. The pair then met in the final, with Dlamini prevailing to win on the first extra hole. Loesch is ranked 98th on this week’s WAGR table.
Erynne Lee moves seven places on this week’s ranking after an impressive victory in the NorthropGrumman Regional Challenge. Lee began the week ranked 28th on the WAGR table, but overcame a strong field to lift the title and move to world number 21. Rounds of 72, 72 and 69 at Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes, California gave Lee an even par total of 213. She earned a one-shot victory over Oklahoma State’s Kelsey Vines. Southern California’s Kyung Kim was third on 3-over-par.
Vines climbs 16 places to 48th place. Kim breaks into the world top 10, moving seven spots to 7th.
United States Curtis Cup player Emily Tubert climbs one place this week to world number 25 following victory in the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. The University of Arkansas player finished one shot better than Texas Tech player Kimberly Kaufman after posting a 3-under-par total of 213. Kaufman jumps three places to 22nd.
Tubert’s Curtis Cup teammate Erica Popson shared the spoils with Spain’s Rocio Sanchez Lobato in the Seminole Match Up after they finished the 54-hole tournament at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Florida on 2-under-par 214.
University of Tennessee player Popson moves 16 spots this week to world number 52, while Sanchez Lobato of the University of Georgia jumps 27 places to 60th.