Amateur Champion Garrick Porteous receives a huge morale boost on the eve of his first major championship. The Englishman heads to the Open Championship as one of the world’s top 10 amateurs.
The 23-year-old moves up two places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to world number 10. Porteous defeated Finland’s Toni Hakula 6&5 in the 118th Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports last month to book his spot among the world’s elite at Muirfield.
Porteous is the world’s second highest ranked Englishman behind Amateur Championship semi-finalist Max Orrin, who lies eighth on this week’s table after an improvement of one spot.
Andrew Yun of the United States breaks into this week’s top 50 after winning the prestigious Sahalee Players’ Championship at Sahalee Country Club near Seattle. The recent Stanford graduate led after the first and second rounds, but began the final round one shot off the lead.
Yun, from Chandler, Arizona, returned a final round 2-over-par 74 to win the title with a 1-under-par total of 287. He climbs 61 places on this week’s ranking to 45th.
Andrew Dorn of the United States advances 294 places on this week’s ranking to 234th as a result of winning the North and South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst. The Coastal Carolina University player defeated Zachary Bauchou by one hole. Bauchou breaks into this week’s top 100, climbing 89 spots to 96th.
Australia’s Oliver Goss and Jordan Smith of England break into this week’s top 20. Goss moves up two places to 19th to return to the top 20. Smith, who recently won the Brabazon Trophy at Formby, breaks into the top 20 for the first time. The Englishman also advances two places, climbing to 20th.
South Africa’s Lara Weinstein breaks into this week’s top 100 after an impressive victory in the Gauteng North Championship. Weinstein defeated world number 15 Kim Williams by one hole to take the title.
Weinstein was two up after 12 holes and seemed set for an early win. However, Williams levelled the match by winning the 13th and 14th holes. Weinstein took the lead with a birdie at 15 only to see Williams birdie the 16th to get back to level. All square after 17, Weinstein’s par on the 18th to a Williams bogey gave her the title.
The victory follows an impressive season so far for the 18-year-old from Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. So far this year’s she’s won the Border Ladies Golf Championship and the KeNako World Junior Championship. She was also runner-up in the Sanlam SA Stroke Play Championship.
Weinstein climbs 31 places this week to world number 82. Williams remains the world’s second highest ranked South African behind world number eight Paula Reto.
There are no movers into this week’s top 20. However, four players break into the world top 50. Spain’s Nicole Garcia makes the biggest move, jumping 46 spots to world number 33. Chandelle Cassidy of New Zealand climbs 16 places to 36th. Argentine amateur Vicky Villanueva advances 20 rankings to 42nd. Germany’s Sophia Popov moves to 48th from her previous ranking of 51st.
Two players join Weinstein in breaking into this week’s top 100. Korea’s Jig-Hyun Oh improves 85 places to world number 94. Finally, Lita Guo of New Zealand moves up 19 places to occupy 95th place.