Add Max Homa’s name to a prestigious list of great golfers. The University of California student joins Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald, Charles Howell III, Justin Leonard, Curtis Strange, Ben Crenshaw and Hale Irwin among others as individual winner of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, college golf’s most important tournament.
Homa departed the college circuit in style. He finished his final season with scores of 70, 65 and 66 at Capital City Golf Club’s Crabapple Course in Milton, Georgia for a 9-under-par total of 201. That was good enough for a three shot victory over six players who tied at 6-under-par.
Unfortunately, Homa’s California team couldn’t add the team title to his individual one. The University of Alabama earned that award, winning its first NCAA team title by defeating Illinois 4-1 in the match play final.
Homa improves seven places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking, climbing seven places to world number 21.
England’s Garrick Porteous helped his chances of making the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team later this year with victory in the Scottish Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Southerness. A closing 1-under-par 68 helped him to a 1-over-par total of 277 and a four shot victory Dermot McElroy, Callum Shinkwin and Richard O’Donovan.
Porteous climbs inside this week’s top 50, improving 24 places to world number 43. He is the fifth highest ranked Englishman on the WAGR table.
Fellow Englishman Nathan Kimsey is one of three players to break into the world top 20 this week. He climbs six places to 16th. Australia’s Cameron Smith moves up to 15th from his previous ranking of 21st. South Africa’s Brandon Stone jumps six spots to 18th.
Nicole Morales survived a tense battle with Ashlan Ramsay to win the prestigious Thunderbird International Junior Championship, and climbs into the top 20 of this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Both players returned closing 69s at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, but Morales’ birdie at the 18th broke the deadlock. She edged Ramsay by a single shot.
Earlier scores of 70 and 72 along with her sub 70 final round helped Morales to a 5-under-par 211 total. It’s her second American Junior Golf Association victory following the 2011 Polo Junior Golf Classic.
Morales, who has committed to play college golf at the University of Alabama, moves 14 places on this week’s WAGR table to world number 13. Ramsay breaks into the world top 30, improving three spots to 29th.
France’s Celine Boutier is the only other player this week to break into the world top 20. She improves seven places to 15th. She is the world’s highest ranked French woman amateur.
Germany’s Sophia Popov and Cathleen Santoso of Australia are the only two players this week to breach the world top 50. Popov, who plays college golf at the University of Southern California, moves four places to 47. Santoso goes to world number 48, an improvement of 12 places.
Spain’s Ainhoa Olarra makes the biggest jump into this week’s top 100 following victory in the Campeonato de Espana Amateur. Olarra jumps 72 spots to 77th.
Princess Mary Superal of the Philippines climbs nine places to world number 55 thanks to winning the SLGA Amateur Open in Singapore.
World number five Nobuhle Dlamini earned the individual title in the WGSA 72 Hole Team Championship in South Africa.