Amateur Champion Alan Dunbar has been given a boost heading into the Masters. The Northern Irish player moves to 20th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking after climbing 13 places in the weekly re-rank.
The Northern Ireland player makes his Masters debut following victory at Royal Troon last year. Beaten finalist Matthias Schwab also improves on this week’s table. The Austrian, who lost on the 36th-hole in last year’s final, moves inside this week’s top 10. He improves five places to world number seven.
Daniel Berger of the United States also moves into the top 10. The Florida State player climbs five spots this week, taking his place behind Schwab at world number eight.
Zac Blair seems intent on ending his final year at Brigham Young University in style, at least if his performance in the Desert Shootout is anything to go by.
Blair was simple untouchable over Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Arizona. Rounds of 66, 68 and 64 gave him a 15-under-par total of 198 to help him to the individual title and BYU to the team title.
Blair finished seven strokes in front Wichita State’s Hunter Sparks. Blair climbs 16 places on this week’s WAGR table to 53rd, while Sparks improves 53 spots to 429th.
Cameron Jones compiled a 9-under-par total of 276 to win the New Zealand Stroke Play Championship at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club. He prevailed by two shots over Nick Voke thanks to a final round of 67. The 19-year-old came home in 30 strokes to claim the title in emphatic style.
Jones jumps 208 places on this week’s WAGR table to 481st. Voke moves to 570th from his previous position of 659th.
Curtis Cup player Emily Tubert climbs up this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking thanks to an emphatic victory in the LSU Classic at the University Club in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The University of Arkansas student recorded three level par rounds of 72 for a 216 total to better Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom of LSU and Colombia’s Maribel Lopez, a Tulane University student, by five shots.
It’s the second win of the season for two-time all-American Tubert, and her fifth career victory in three seasons at Arkansas.
She moves 10 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to 26th. Sagstrom breaks into the world top 100, moving 20 places to 81st. Lopez improves 11 spots to world number 105.
Twenty-year-old Chandelle Cassidy won the New Zealand Stroke Play Championship at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club. She returned a final round of level par 74 in blustery conditions to defeat Lita Guo by three shots.
Cassidy returned a 72-hole total of 299, 3-over-par. She climbs 37 places on this week’s WAGR table to 104th. Guo jumps to 140th from her previous position of 199th.
South Africa’s Kim Williams improves her status as one of the world top 10 amateurs following victory in the Western Province Match Play Championship. She defeated Michaela Fletcher 2-up in the final, and moves up one place inside the top 10 to ninth. Fletcher climbs 20 positions to 74th.
Thailand’s Sherman Santiwiwattanapong climbs 93 spots on this week’s WAGR table to 238th following victory in the Thailand Amateur Championship.
There are no movers into this week’s top 20, but Northern Ireland’s Leona Maguire breaks into the world top 50. The Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup player moves two places to 49th.