Brandon Stone proved why he’s the highest ranked South African on the World Amateur Golf Ranking with an impressive victory in the Big 12 Championship on the US college golf circuit.
The University of Texas student was the only player in the field to match par over 54 holes at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas. Rounds of 70, 67 and 73 gave Stone a 54-hole total of 210 and a three shot victory over Talor Gooch of Oklahoma State.
Stone is in his first season at Texas, yet the Big 12 tournament was his third win of the season. No wonder he has steadily climbed up this year’s WAGR table. His latest victory sees him improve to 21st, a jump of 11 places over last week. Gooch moves 29 spots to 61st.
Anders Albertson of the United States climbs 56 places to 96th on the WAGR table thanks to victory in the ACC Championship at the Old North State Club in New London, North Carolina. The Georgia Tech student was the only player in the field to return three scores under 70. Rounds of 66, 67 and 68 helped him to a 15-under-par total of 201, and a five-shot victory over Mike Moyers of Virginia Tech and Florida State’s Chase Seiffert.
Seiffert breaks into the top 50, moving nine places to 46th. Moyers jumps 67 spots to 213th.
Carson Young won the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley GC to move 118 places on this week’s table to 105th. The native of Pendleton, South Carolina, returned a 54-hole total of 212, 4-under-par, to take the title.
Paula Reto of South Africa and American Annie Park make significant moves into this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking top 20 following major victories in college golf tournaments. England’s Olivia Winning is nowhere near their status, but makes a noteworthy move of her own after capturing the prestigious Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open Amateur Stroke-play Championship at Troon.
Reto won the Big Ten Championship over the Donald Ross Course at French Lick, in French Lick, Indiana. The Purdue University student was the only player to break par for all three rounds. Scores of 71, 71 and 70 helped her to a 4-under-par total of 212 and a seven-shot victory over Caroline Powers of Michigan State.
Reto jumps 10 places on this week’s ranking to 15th, while Powers improves 11 spots to world number 77.
Park moves 14 places up the WAGR table to 19th thanks to victory in the PAC-12 Championship at Valencia Country Club in Valencia, California. The University of Southern California student won by two shots from teammate Sophia Popov after rounds 70, 70 and 69 for a 7-under-par total of 209. Popov climbs 13 spots this week to 52nd.
Winning began the Helen Holm with a 5-under-par 70 over Troon’s Portland course. She added a 3-under-par 72 on the same layout and then returned a 3-over-par 78 in windy, wet conditions over Royal Troon. Her 5-under-par total of 220 gave her a two-shot victory over Scotland’s Alyson McKechin and Poppy Finlay of England. Curtis Cup players Amy Boulden and Bronte Law were joint fourth.
Winning, who will attend the University of Tulane in New Orleans later this year, climbs 196 places on this week’s ranking to world number 805. McKechin moves to 442nd from her previous position at 669th, while Finlay improves 718 places to 1,901st.