Michael Kim’s top 20 finish in last week’s US Open at Merion Golf Club earned him the low amateur honour, topping the 10 amateurs who qualified for America’s national championship. It also moves him to world number two on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.
He sits behind Australia’s Brady Watt, who takes over as world number one following Chris Williams’ decision to turn professional.
Kim climbs 10 places as a result of his outstanding achievement in Philadelphia. The 19-year-old University of California-Berkeley student didn’t look out of place among the world’s elite, returning rounds of 73, 70, 71 and 76 for a 10-over-par total of 290.
He was one of four amateurs to make the 36-hole cut. Cheng-tsung Pan of Taipei finished five shots behind Kim in joint 45th. Ireland’s Kevin Phelan was equal 62nd, while US Amateur Championship runner-up Michael Weaver placed 64th.
Pan climbs two spots this week to fourth. Phelan improves eight places to world number 32. Weaver, meanwhile, jumps to 9th from last week’s position of 17th.
Steven Ihm won the Sunnehanna Amateur Championship at Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. A closing 3-under-par 67 helped him to an 8-under-par total of 272 and a two-shot victory over Cory Whitsett.
Ihm climbs 60 places on this week’s ranking to 37th. Whitsett moves six spots to 15th.
Nicholas Palladino of the United States defeated Motin Yeung in a one-hole playoff to win the Monroe Invitational after the pair had tied on scores of 4-under-par 206. Palladino, a student at the University of Rochester, took the title with a par on the first extra hole, the 18th, while Yeung three-putted for bogey.
Palladino was previously unranked but enters the WAGR table at world number 4090. Yeung is ranked of 287th.
Georgia Hall’s first hole-in-one couldn’t have come at a better time. It helped her win the biggest title in European amateur golf.
The 17-year-old aced Machynys Peninsula’s par-3, 17th hole in the final of the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship to take the lead against Spain’s Luna Sobron. It was the first time in the match the amateur from Remedy Oak in Dorset, England, had held the lead. She made it count when she parred the 18th for a half to win one up.
“I’m so happy I can hardly speak,” Hall said. “To get my first ever hole-in-one and win the British Championship is like a dream come true. I was behind all the way, in just about the strongest wind I have ever played in, but I never gave up. I knew I had to be patient and wait for things to turn my way. And they did!”
Hall arrived in Wales as holder of the British Girls’ Championship, which she also won in Wales. She is the third English player in the last four years to win the Ladies’ British, following Kelly Tidy in 2010 and Lauren Taylor in 2011.
Hall was world number seven on the World Amateur Golf Ranking before the tournament. Her victory moves her to world number six this week. Sobron climbs 58 places to 58th.
Alison Lee of the United States moves up one place this week to world number two after winning the Rolex Junior Championship at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Lee returned a final round of 2-under-par 70 to break out of a tie with Karen Chung.
Chung finished one shot behind Lee’s 7-under-par total of 281. Her runner-up finish sees her move into the world top 20, climbing seven places on this week’s ranking to 19th.