It’s fair to say not many expected Hunter Stewart to contend for The Players Amateur when he arrived at the Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton, South Carolina. The 325th ranked player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking not only got into contention, he walked away with the title.
Stewart defeated 2012 US Amateur runner-up Michael Weaver by a shot in the weather-shortened event. An opening 64 set him on the path to victory. He did not veer from that path. Further rounds of 68 and 70 gave him a 14-under-par total of 202.
Heavy rains halted play after only five holes of the final round. Stewart was two shots ahead of Weaver when play was finally abandoned.
The win is part of a good run for the Lexington, Kentucky native. Stewart, who attends Vanderbilt University, won the Samford Invitational and finished second at the Mason Rudolph Championship during the college season. His reward for the biggest win of his life is a jump of 193 places on the World Amateur Golf Ranking to 132nd.
Weaver moves up two places this week to world number five.
Bryson DeChambeau breaks into the world top 40 after winning the Trans-Mississippi Championship. The Southern Methodist University golfer won the title by five shots after compiling a 72-hole total of 266, 14-under-par. He moves 23 places to 33rd on this week’s WAGR table as a result.
England won the European Men’s Team Championship at Silkeborg Ry Golfklub in Jutland, Denmark. The England team of Neil Raymond, Max Orrin, Callum Shinkwin, Toby Tree, Nathan Kimsey and Amateur Champion Garrick Porteous defeated Scotland in the final.
Kim Williams becomes the highest ranked South African player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking after winning the South African Amateur Championship. The Pretoria golfer defeated Ji Sun Kang of Korea 2&1 in the final at Milnerton Golf Club, in Cape Town.
Williams jumps into this week’s top 10 as a result. She climbs seven places to world number eight. Nicole Garcia takes the South African number two spot. She reached the semi-final but lost to Kang.
Garcia jumps inside this week’s top 30, advancing 12 places to 21st. Kang is the world’s highest ranked Korean amateur at number 14 on the WAGR table.
Alison Lee of the United States solidified her status as the world’s number three amateur by winning the American Junior Golf Association’s Rolex Tournament of Champions. Lee won the title by six shots over Andrea Lea for her fourth AJGA invitational win.
Andrea Lee breaks into this week’s top 100 as a result. She climbs 42 places to world number 89.
Hannah Suh jumps 138 spots this week to world number 140 following victory in the TRANS National Amateur Championship at Schaffer’s Mill Golf and Lake Club in Truckee, California.
Suh edged out Ashlan Ramsey by a shot, winning with a 72-hole total of 287, 1-under-par. Ramsey’s consolation is a move into this week’s top 20, advancing nine places to 19th.
The team of Natalia Escuriola, Naomi Jimenez, Marta Sanz, Camilla Hedberg, Luna Sobron and Patricia Sanz helped Spain to victory in the European Ladies’ Team Championship at Fulford Golf Club in York, England. Spain defeated Austria in the final. Sweden, meanwhile, won the European Girls’ Championship.