Neil Raymond’s chances of a place on the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team this September look excellent after an impressive victory in the St Andrews Links Trophy.
The Englishman earned the win courtesy of taking just 137 strokes, 7-under-par, over the last 36 holes played over the Old Course. Scores of 72, 73, 68 and 69 helped him to a 6-under-par total of 282. He won by two shots over compatriots Nathan Kimsey, Max Orrin and Ryan Evans.
Raymond has been widely tipped in amateur circles to make this year’s GB&I Walker Cup team. The 27-year-old has won the last two Brabazon Trophies, and played for his country in last year’s World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey.
His St Andrews victory not only improves his Walker Cup chances, but his position on the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Raymond breaks inside this week’s top 30, climbing 25 places to world number 29.
Kimsey moves to 13th from his previous ranking of 16th and replaces world number 15 Matthew Fitzpatrick as the highest ranked Englishman. Orrin improves nine places to 20th. Evans, meanwhile, jumps 73 spots to 125th.
Nicholas Reach of the United States breaks into the world top 100 courtesy of winning the Palmetto Amateur Championship at Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, South Carolina. Reach birdied the second hole of a sudden death playoff to defeat Scott Strohmeyer after they had tied on 5-under-par.
Reach climbs 40 places this week to 92nd in the world, while Strohmeyer moves up 12 spots to 56th.
Andrew Coltart’s European Palmer Cup team was no match for the United States in the match held at Wilmington Country Club, in Wilmington, Delaware. The US won 20.5-9.5 and now holds a 9-7-1 series lead.
Emily Kristine Pedersen replaces Nicole Broch Larsen as the highest ranked Danish player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking following an emphatic victory in the German Girls Open Championship at St Leon Rot Golf Club near Heidelberg.
Pedersen opened with a 5-under-par 67 to take a lead she never relinquished. She improved two strokes in the second round with a 65, and then cruised home with a closing 70 for a 14-under-par total of 202. She won by five shots from home favourite Karolin Lampert.
Pedersen joins 19th ranked Broch Larsen in the world top 20 this week, climbing eight places to world number 13. Lampert moves up two rankings to 16th.
Pedersen is the only player this week to move into the world top 20. However, three players breach the world top 50. Lindsey Weaver of the United States climbs seven places to 46th. Canada’s Jisoo Keel improves two places to 49th, while US Curtis Cup player Emily Tubert takes 50th spot after also moving two spots.
England’s Meghan MacLaren and Natalie Wille of Sweden are the only two players this week to break into the top 100. Wille takes 100th spot after an improvement of two places. MacLaren also climbs two spots to go one place better to 99th.
MacLaren, from Wellingborough, England, recently won the Irish Amateur Open Amateur Championship at Royal Dublin. She has just finished a highly successful first year at Florida International University in Miami. She won three times in her debut season, and led her team with 73.90 scoring average. She finished the college golf season as Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year.