The Men

Scottie SchefflerScottie Scheffler moves inside the top 20 of this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking thanks to winning the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Scheffler defeated Davis Riley 3&2 in the scheduled 36-hole final at the Martis Camp Club in Truckee, California.

Scheffler arrived for the championship having never experienced the thrill of victory. He’d recorded four runner-up finishes in his last six junior tournaments, but couldn’t get across the finish line first.

The Dallas resident moves 15 places on this week’s ranking to world number 19 as a result. Riley advances 246 rankings to 248th in the world for finishing runner-up. He also left the championship with much respect. Riley called a penalty shot on himself on the final hole of the match against Scheffler.

Taylor Pendrith makes a significant move up this week’s ranking after an emphatic victory in the Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, New York. The Canadian wasn’t an obvious favourite to take the title in a stellar field, but ran out a five-shot winner to become only the third Canadian to win the prestigious championship.

Scores of 68, 66, 63 and 67 helped him to a 16-under-par total of 264, the third lowest total in tournament history. His third round 63 vaulted him into the lead over fellow Canadian Justin Shin, who finished joint third. Tyler Dunlap of the United States eventually finished in second place.

Pendrith jumps 59 places on this week’s ranking to 44th. Dunlap climbs 153 rankings to world number 242.

Riccardo Michelini of Italy won the South of England Open Amateur Championship at Walton Heath. Michelini was the only player in the field to finish under par, compiling a 72-hole total of 285, 3-under.

The Italian climbs 132 places this week to world number 205.


The Women

Emily PedersenEmily Kristine Pedersen is queen of European amateur golf after winning the European Ladies Amateur Championship. The Danish amateur topped an elite field at Aura Golf Club in Finland to take the prestigious title.

Scores of 67, 73, 64 and 72 helped Pedersen to an 8-under-par total of 276, and a three shot victory over Belgium’s Laura Gonzalez-Escallon. The win moves Pedersen into the top 10 of this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. She climbs eight places to move to world number six. She is the highest ranked Danish player ahead of world number 43 Nicole Broch Larsen.

Gonzalez-Escalon breaks into this week’s top 70 as a result of her runner-up finish. She climbs 44 places to world number 66. She is the leading Belgian amateur.

Gabriella Then of the United States improves 89 places this week after winning the U.S. Junior Championship. Then defeated Lakareber Abe 2&1 in the 36-hole final at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The 17-year-old from Rancho Cucamonga, California was four up at lunch and had built a commanding five-hole lead after 22 holes. However, Abe fought back to take the match back to all-square with just four holes to play. Then eventually clinched the title with birdie on the 35th hole.

Then, who begins her college career at USC in September, climbs 89 places on this week’s WAGR table to world number 168. Abe jumps 272 spots to become the world’s 108th ranked player.

Brooke Mackenzie Henderson moves four places inside the top 20 to become the 11th best amateur in the world after winning the Canadian Amateur Championship. The 15-year-old became the championship’s youngest ever winner when she finished with a 9-under-par 275 at Club de Golf Beloeil in Beloeil, Quebec.

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