Portugal’s Pedro Figueiredo has come a long way since he turned up at the 2004 Boys’ Amateur Championship in shoes the wrong size. Aged just 14, he signalled then he had the talent to mark him out as a player to watch.
Figueiredo’s delivered on that early promise ever since. Four later he won the Boys’ Amateur. Meanwhile, his latest accolade moves him into this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking top 20.
Now in his final year at UCLA, the Portuguese amateur overcame a strong field to win the Prestige at PGA West at La Quinta, California. Second and third rounds of 4-under-par 67 along with an opening 71 helped Figueiredo to an 8-under-par score of 208 and his second career victory. He finished five shots ahead of world number one Chris Williams, Anthony Paolucci and Jordan Niebrugge.
Figueiredo climbs 16 places this week to world number 20. Paolucci moves 24 spots to 121st, while Niebrugge jumps to 285th, a rise of 128 places.
Brandon Stone proved why he’s South Africa’s highest ranked amateur with a three-shot victory in the Bayou City Collegiate in Humble Texas. The University of Texas player improves seven places this week to 15th.
France’s Julien Brun moves three places inside this week’s top 10 to world number four following victory in the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate.
Fellow Frenchman Joel Stalter recorded an eight-shot victory in the John Burns Intercollegiate and jumps 30 places this week to 46th in the world.
Albin Choi solidifies his status as Canada’s number one amateur with a move of seven places this week to world number 12 following victory in the Puerto Rico Classic.
Sweden’s Niclas Carlsson, a student at Auburn University, climbs 117 places this week to 228th by winning the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate.
Caroline Powers of the United States and Sweden’s Natalie Wille make the most significant moves on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking after joint victory in the Central District Invitational on the US college circuit.
Powers breaks into this week’s world top 100 as a result of a 1-under-par total of 215 over the River Wilderness Golf Club in Parrish, Florida. The Michigan State player climbs 28 places to world number 97.
Wille, a student at Augusta State, matched Powers winning total to share the victory. The Swede jumps 68 spots to 146th in the world.
Three players finished four shots behind the winning pair to share third place. Sweden’s Jenny Haglund sees the biggest improvement in her WAGR ranking. The SMU student climbs 106 places to 155th. Compatriot Tonje Daffinrud of the University of Denver moves 62 spots to world number 154. Meanwhile, Venderbilt’s Lauren Stratton improves four places to 68th.
Australia’s Tatiana Wijaya breaks into the world top 200 following victory in the Tasmanian Stroke Play Championship. The 16-year-old returned scores of 78, 74, 72 and 75 for a four round total of 299 to win the title by three shots over Ali Orchard.
Wijaya climbs 88 places this week to world number 190. Orchard breaks into the world top 40, moving eight spots to 33rd.
Victory in the Border Championship in her homeland helps South Africa’s Lara Weinstein move 51 places this week to 183rd. Meanwhile, Iman Ahmad Nordin of Malaysia climbs 23 spots to 207th following victory in the Jim West Challenge for Texas State University. It is her first college victory.
There are no movers into this week’s top 20, while Annie Park of the United States is the only player to break into the top 50. She moves 12 places to 45th.