Garrick Porteous soars up this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking thanks to the biggest win of his life. The 23-year-old Englishman earned many rewards by winning the Amateur Championship, the first of which is a rise in stature.
Porteous becomes world number 14, a rise of 25 places, following victory in the 118th Amateur Championship held at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal, England. He ground out a 6&5 victory over Finland’s Toni Hakula in testing weather conditions to become the first Englishman to win the Amateur Championship since Gary Wolstenholme at Royal Troon in 2003.
Strong winds and rain made the scheduled 36-hole final more a test of patience than skill. Winds of between 25-35mph, with gusts reaching over 40mph, hampered play.
Aside from his rise up the world order, Porteous earns a place in next month’s Open Championship at Muirfield, a spot in this year’s Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team, and invites to next year’s Masters and US Open.
Hakula, who plays college golf for the University of Texas, breaks into top 70, rising 145 places to 64th.
Jim Lui of the United States, who lost to Porteous in the semi-finals, breaks into the world top 50 with a rise of 47 places to 46th. Other semi-finalist Max Orrin moves to world number nine, a rise of eleven places, to become the world’s top ranked Englishman.
Taipei’s Cheng-tsung Pan takes over as world number one this week, rising three places to move ahead of Michael Kim of the United States and third ranked Brady Watt of Australia.
Cory Whitsett won the Northeast Amateur after posting a 10-under-par 266. He moves into the world top 10, improving nine places to sixth.
Lauren Diaz-Yi climbs up this week’s World Amateur Golf ranking thanks to a record victory in the U. S. Amateur Public Links Championship at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Oklahoma.
Diaz-yi defeated Doris Chen in the scheduled 36-hole final. The Thousand Oaks, California native took a six-hole lead after the morning 18 thanks to an approximate score of 1-over-par 73 compared to Chen’s 81.
The 18-year-old then won the first four holes of the afternoon round to move into an unassailable 10-hole lead. The match ended with a half at the 27th.
Diaz-yi, who will play college golf at the University of Virginia in September, improves 143 places on this week’s WAGR table to 85th. Chen moves 13 spots to 20th.
Raychelle Santos lost to Diaz-Yi in the semi-finals but climbs 158 places this week to 146th. Other losing semi-finalist Julie Yang moves to 80th from last week’s position of 146th.
Ireland’s Paula Grant rises 72 spots this week to 202nd thanks to victory in the Irish Close Championship at Ballybunion after a come from behind victory over Lisa Maguire.
Gale force winds made for awful conditions, but Grant managed to handle them better to become Irish champion. She looked like losing the title to the favourite Maguire after losing the 17th to go one down. However, a par at the 18th saw the contest go to an extra hole. The amateur from Lisburn Golf Club managed another par to Maguire’s two-bunker bogey to win.
Maguire improves 80 places to 830th on this week’s ranking as a result of her runner-up finish.